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April, 2014

CES MMA!

Friday, April 25th

As far as big fights go, this is a "must-win" for Tateki Matsuda.

Matt Doherty isn't quite as desperate, but he will be once the bell rings Friday.

"It's do or die for him," Doherty said, "but that's the mentality I'm going with, too.

"I know he's hungry. I'll be hungrier."

Two fighters laying it all on the line inside the cage generally makes for an exciting fight, and the Doherty-Matsuda showdown will be no exception in what could be the Fight of the Night Friday, April 25th, 2014 at "CES MMA XXIII" at Twin River Casino.

Doherty (3-0, 2 KOs), a 25-year-old Salem, Mass., native, is one of the Northeast's rising stars in the bantamweight division looking for the signature victory that could take his career to the next level. Boston's Matsuda (8-5, 4 KOs), for years considered one of the toughest, most technically-sound bantamweights in the region, is coming off back-to-back, split decision losses in 2013 and needs a win Friday to get back on track.

Two fighters with different backgrounds and different mindsets reaching for the same goal could make this the most hotly-contested bout Friday on a stacked card that also features CES MMA featherweight champ Rob Font and hard-hitting heavyweight Josh Diekmann.

"Every single match is important to me," Matsuda said. "All I want is that 'W.'"

The 28-year-old Matsuda has been a fixture in the Northeast for nearly half a decade and was once considered the No. 1 bantamweight in the region until losing to Saul Almeida at Bellator 48 in 2011. Shortly thereafter, he qualified for Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, but failed to make it into the house when he lost to Dustin Pague in the season debut.

It appeared Matsuda had righted the ship with wins over Johnny Campbell and Myung Hwan Lee until the split-decision losses to Matthew Tran and Paul Gorman dropped him back into the middle of the pack in his weight class, a bitter pill to swallow considering he lost each fight by only one round.

Asked if he thought he won those fights, Matsuda politely deferred and instead focused on the bigger picture.

"You should ask people who watched my fights, or watch those fights, and see what you think," he said. "In my mind, I wasn't defeated, but I learned a lot about my fighting style and my mental preparation. Although I was frustrated at the fact they hurt my record, those experiences will make me better for sure."

Even with the back-to-back losses on his resume, Matsuda is still Doherty's toughest opponent to date, a challenge Doherty willingly accepted when presented with the opportunity.

"To be honest, I've wanted to fight a top guy since I got into the game," said Doherty, who last fought at Twin River in January when he beat Shaun Marmas.

"Even as an amateur, I wanted the best. When I first turned pro, I listened to the smarter guys, like my manager and my trainer, but I've always wanted to fight the best.

"Tateki's got a lot of experience. He's been on The Ultimate Fighter. He's fought in Japan. I want to take his spot. When I heard his name, it made me work that much harder."

Why step up so soon after only three fights? The way Doherty sees it a win over Matsuda could raise a few eyebrows on the national circuit and make him a household name beyond the Northeast, plus the two shared a common opponent in Campbell. Matsuda needed five full rounds to beat him while Doherty knocked him out at the end of the second round of their scheduled three-round bout. That gave Doherty the confidence to step up and face Matsuda, and while it'll take more than one big win to make a dent among the elite 135-pounders, putting his undefeated record on the line against a seasoned veteran is a chance Doherty is willing to take.

"I figure if I can go in there against the top guys around the Northeast and compete with them despite being so inexperienced I can start competing with more and more of the top guys," he said. "That's how you get to the big show, and he's definitely one of the best around.

"If you make a mistake against him, he'll take advantage. I've been training a lot differently and preparing smarter for this fight. Sometimes I'd go in there just doing what I wanted to do, but I know I have to listen to my coaches word-for-word this time. You can't make mistakes against a guy like this."

Doherty's expecting the technical, fundamentally-sound Matsuda we've grown accustomed to seeing through the years, but knows there'll also be a hint of desperation in Matsuda's approach given the fact he's lost his last two fights. Having come up short on the judges' scorecards, Matsuda might be more inclined to try to finish this fight and control his own destiny rather than leave it someone else's hands.

"I always look for the moment for any chance to finish a fight or an opening for a knockout or submission," said Matsuda, who hasn't earned a win by stoppage since 2010. "All I can say is I'm always ready for anything."

Though his career isn't at quite the same crossroads, Doherty promises to fight with the same desperation, if not for the chance to earn the biggest win of his career, then at least to keep his unbeaten record intact. There's a lot at stake for both sides, and somebody will be one step closer to the top come Friday.

"Each fight is more critical than the last one," Doherty said. "One loss can set me back and put me right back at the beginning again. Keeping that record intact and staying on the right path is what helps keep me motivated."

Tickets for "CES MMA XXIII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Coming off an impressive win in January, Font (9-1, 2 KOs) will return to face Tristan Johnson (8-4, 3 KOs) of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the main event. The 30-year-old Johnson has won three of his last five fights, including a split-decision victory over Bellator vet Will Romero in 2012, while Font has won his last eight.

Diekmann (14-5, 10 KOs), a Groton, Conn., native, will face Keith "Bad News" Bell (5-3-1, 3 KOs) of Newport News, Va. Bell has won three out of four since 2013 and appeared on the undercard of Bellator 109 in Pennsylvania.

"CES MMA XXIII" also features the return of fan-favorite Andre Soukhamthath (7-2, 4 KOs) of Woonsocket, R.I., who will face Joshua Killion (10-4) of Defiance, Ohio, in a bantamweight bout. Also on the undercard, Pawtucket, R.I., welterweight Abe Pitrowski (5-2, 1 KO) will face Samuel Almeida (2-0) of Framingham, Mass.; lightweight Bobby Flynn (4-1, 1 KO) of Mashpee, Mass., will battle Providence's Tundee Odumuso (2-2); and featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (0-1) of Baltic, Conn., will face Franklin Isabel (3-7) of Chelsea, Mass. Two-time Bellator vet Rico DiSciullo (1-0) of Peabody, Mass., will face Jordan Espinosa (3-3) of Findlay, Ohio in a three-round bantamweight bout, and East Providence, R.I., heavyweight Eric Bedard (6-4, 4 KOs) will battle Matthew Thompson (18-9, 7 KOs) of Austin, Tex.

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Joseph Duffy!

Returns To The CWFC Lightweight Division

Former title challenger Joseph Duffy (10-1) is set to return to the CWFC lightweight division.

Duffy has signed a five-fight deal that will commit him exclusively to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship for a minimum period of 18 months.

The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in MMA since 2011, having opted to make the switch to boxing after returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Duffy debuted as a professional boxer in March of last year, going on to put together an undefeated 7-0 record, which included two wins by TKO.

However, the Irishman has now decided to leave boxing behind, in favour of a return to MMA and CWFC, for whom he previously competed on five occasions.

“It’s been a hard few weeks and I’ve had some huge decisions to make, but I’ve decided to make a return to the cage,” said Duffy, who’s based at the MMA Clinic gym in Islington, London.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to train under a world-class boxing trainer in John Tandy, but it’s hard to escape the fact that my heart will always be in MMA.

“I’m really excited about competing for Cage Warriors again, and my plans are to add a few KOs to my record and then mix it up with the guys at the top.”

Duffy, the last fighter to defeat current UFC stars Conor McGregor and Norman Parke, was a contestant on season twelve of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.

He signed with CWFC later on that year and went on to secure four consecutive victories, the first of which saw him submit McGregor after just 38 seconds of their bout at CWFC 39.

That run landed Duffy a shot at the vacant CWFC lightweight world title against Ivan Musardo in the main event at CWFC 44 in London in October 2011.

Despite taking the first three rounds on the judges’ scorecards, a costly slip by Duffy in round four allowed Musardo to capitalise and lock in a guillotine choke to take the title.

For the first time since that loss, Duffy will be back in Cage Warriors action later this year, with his return scheduled for CWFC 70 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, August 16.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “Joe went 7-0 as a professional boxer in the space of a year, having worked under John Tandy, one of the best trainers in the world of boxing.

“Adding that to the fact that he is a jujitsu black belt and already has a 10-1 MMA record, this has been a huge decision for Joe but it’s a very exciting development for CWFC fans.”

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World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Jake Shields

World Series of Fighting continues to build an extremely stacked welterweight division with the addition of former Strikeforce champion and UFC title contender Jake Shields.

With the addition of Shields, the World Series of Fighting welterweight division is now one of the best on the planet with such top talent as current champion Rousimar Palhares and top contenders Jon Fitch, Josh Burkman, Steve Carl, and Gerald Harris.

The California-based fighter recently announced that he signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July. He brings a 29-7-1 record into the cage and will make his first appearance against an opponent to be named shortly.

Shields has beaten a very impressive who's who list of fighters that includes Dan Henderson, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jason Miller and Yushin Okami.

Shields is ranked as a top-10 welterweight and has built himself a hall-of-fame worthy resume in 15 years of professional fighting. The 35-year-old is a proud member of the "Skrap Pack," where he trains alongside some of MMA's best, including Gilbert Milendez as well as Nick and Nate Diaz. He also works closely with coach Tareq Azim at his Empower gym in San Francisco.

Shields, an American Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, previously held the EliteXC welterweight title, as well as the Strikeforce middleweight championship. "I have so much to prove, and I will become the World Series of Fighting welterweight champion," Shields said. "I'm really looking forward to fighting at my new home with World Series of Fighting. I think that when you look at the World Series of Fighting welterweight roster, there is no denying that they're housing many of the world's best, and I'm proud to be a part of that group."

"Jake has been a top fighter in professional mixed martial arts for years now, " World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "You know you've got one of the best in the world when you sign someone who has won multiple championship belts and has had 15-fight win streaks over some of the world class fighters he's beaten. This kid is an extremely tough, proven warrior capable of beating anyone who stands in his way. I'm extremely proud we were able to sign him and I will continue bringing fighters of this caliber to World Series of Fighting."

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Josh Diekmann!

Unafraid & Unfiltered

There's no real science to Josh Diekmann's game plan.

"I go out there and try to hit the other guy hard and not let him hit me that hard," Diekmann said. "It's a lot simpler than people make it out to be."

And what if the other guy does hit as hard?

"Who gives a fuck?" Diekmann said. "Sometimes you've got to walk into one in order to get one."

What you see is what you get with Diekmann -- unafraid, unfiltered, and always ready to let his hands go. When "The Freight Train" steps inside the cage, there's a strong chance (a 94 percent chance, to be exact) the fight won't go the distance, and that's precisely what Diekmann is hoping for again Friday, April 25th, 2014 when he faces veteran heavyweight Keith Bell (4-4-1, 3 KOs) of Newport News, Va., on the undercard of "CES MMA XXIII" at Twin River Casino.

"To me, if you win a decision, you really don't win the fight," Diekmann said. "You're just ahead when time runs out. To me, you finish the fight. That's how you win a fight."

"I'm not that guy," said Bell, a former standout wrestler at Niagara County Community College. "I'm real calm, collected. I've been put out before and have come back and won.

"Why train so hard just to blow it in 30 seconds? You can't make it to the next level playing that game, and I'll be the one to make you look like a dumbass when we touch gloves."

Tickets for "CES MMA XXIII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The 6-foot-2, 37-year-old Diekmann (14-5, 10 KOs), a Groton, Conn., native, has won 10 fights by knockout and four by submission. The only time he went the distance in 19 professional fights was a year and a half ago in a loss to Tyler King. He's also been knocked out once and submitted three times.

Diekmann either finishes or gets finished, and it's the reason he's become one of New England's most popular fighters, a welcome reprieve from the common stall tactic in mixed martial arts derisively referred to as "lay and pray."

"Who wants to see that? I wouldn't want to see that if I was buying a ticket," Diekmann said. "I'm an entertainer, first and foremost. People pay to watch me fight. They're not just there to see me win. Without fans, we don't have a sport. It'd just be two guys punching each other. There has to be something there.

"That's why I sell a lot of tickets. Either I get knocked out, or the other guy gets knocked out."

Except in February, when Diekmann's scheduled three-round bout against Manny Lara on the undercard of Bellator 110 ended in 18 seconds after Lara absorbed an inadvertent thumb to the eye, resulting in a no contest, hence why he's back at Twin River next Friday. Needing a fight to stay sharp, Diekmann immediately turned to CES, with whom he had fought three of his previous four bouts.

"They always take care of me," Diekmann said. "Even when I'm not fighting, they make sure I have a good seat and take good care of my buddies.

"A lot of other promoters preach that family shit, but in my experiences with CES it's been true. I lost my first two fights with them and they still treat me well. They're top shelf. I've fought for a lot of guys. I've been doing this for 11 years and have fought for nearly every local promotion, and hands down CES is the best. They're the most professional, and they put on the best fights by far. If I'm going to fight for anyone else, it's going to be them."

After beating Chris Guillen in a rematch on CES' November Pro-Am event at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Diekmann has a chance to even his record with CES against Bell, a 6-3, 256-pound Bellator vet with a similar penchant for finishing fights. He's won two of his last three since 2013, while each of his last five fights dating back to October of 2012 have ended within the first round.

"I always pick up something along the way," Bell said. "I'm a bigger heavyweight, not a 5-foot-10 heavyweight who swings for the fences. I don't need to do that. I have reach. I do other things heavyweights don't do, and that's why it works.

"I wouldn't say [Diekmann] is one-dimensional. I just haven't seen him in a lot of tough situations. I watched his fight in 2012 [against King] and he got taken down over and over again. Anytime he fights a bigger heavyweight he has problems because he tries to slug it out with the guy. That's what people want to see, but that's not the best option.

"If he wants to do that against me, that's fine. We have a game plan for that."

Diekmann's not concerned about Bell's size or reach, nor is making his own game plan more difficult than it needs to be.

"He's a big boy," Diekmann said, "but I've fought big guys before. Sometimes, guys get crazy with their game plans. Just go fight. Work on your stuff and use it. It's you and another guy fighting. That's it. What's the best way to win? Go out and hurt the other guy. When you see a fight in the street, one guy hurts the other guy and it's over.

"I'm not really great at anything, but I can do a little bit of everything. Sometimes that gives me an advantage."

Having already fought for more than a decade, Diekmann treats every fight as if it's his last, so when asked what's next on the schedule, he says, "When you get to my age, you just take it one fight at a time. That's one thing I've learned. Take it how it comes. I only have so many of these left, so I'm trying to enjoy them." Only if they last long enough to savor. These days, Diekmann is making quick work of everyone put in front of him.

"I used to get scared, thinking I'm not good enough to do this or that," Diekmann said. "Now I just take each challenge as it comes."

Coming off an impressive win in January, Boston featherweight Rob Font (9-1, 2 KOs) will return to face Tristan Johnson (8-4, 3 KOs) of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the main event. The 30-year-old Johnson has won three of his last five fights, including a split-decision victory over Bellator vet Will Romero in 2012, while Font has won his last eight.

"CES MMA XXIII" also features the return of fan-favorites Tateki Matsuda and Eric Spicely. Matsuda (8-5, 4 KOs), the Boston bantamweight who's fought everywhere from Maine to Tokyo since his last appearance with CES in 2010, will battle the unbeaten Matt Doherty (3-0, 2 KOs) of Salem, Mass., in what figures to be one of the most intriguing intrastate matchups on the card. Matsuda has lost his last two while Doherty is coming off a submission win over Shaun Marmas in January.

Spicely (3-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against 37-fight veteran Nuri Shakir (17-20, 8 KOs) of Nashua, N.H., in a three-round welterweight bout. Providence's Spicely last fought in December with a first-round knockout win over Tyler Rose. The 35-year-old Shakir owns wins over UFC vets Tom Egan and Nick Serra.

Also on the undercard, Pawtucket, R.I., welterweight Abe Pitrowski (5-2, 1 KO) will face Samuel Almeida (2-0) of Framingham, Mass.; lightweight Bobby Flynn (4-1, 1 KO) of Mashpee, Mass., will battle Providence's Tundee Odumuso (2-2); and featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (0-1) of Baltic, Conn., will face Manny Torres (2-2) of Hartford, Conn. Two-time Bellator vet Rico DiSciullo (1-0) of Peabody, Mass., will face Jordan Espinosa (3-3) of Findlay, Ohio in a three-round bantamweight bout, and East Providence, R.I., heavyweight Eric Bedard (6-4, 4 KOs) will battle Matthew Thompson (18-9, 7 KOs) of Austin, Tex.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

CWFC Fight Night 11 headliners Patrick Vallee and Jack Mason have made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Both men came in under the agreed catchweight of 176lbs this afternoon, while the co-main event pairing of Brian Moore and Marat Pekov are also on weight and set to clash in another intriguing battle in the CWFC bantamweight division.

All sixteen fighters made weight and are cleared to compete tomorrow on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014.

Catchweight (176lbs): Jack Mason (176lbs) vs. Patrick Vallee (174.2lbs)

Bantamweight: Brian Moore (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.9lbs)

Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (184lbs) vs. Ion Pascu (184.3lbs)

Welterweight: Michael Johnson (171lbs) vs. Tahar Hadbi (170.3)

Featherweight: Arnold Allen (145.7lbs) vs. Tobias Huber (145.3lbs)

Welterweight: Craig White (170.4lbs) vs. John Redmond (170.9lbs)

Featherweight: Steve Aimable (145.8lbs) vs. Wael Korked (145.1lbs)

Light-heavyweight: Mike Ravenscroft (193.7lbs) vs. Ihab Janeb (201.4lbs)

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Andre Soukhamthath!

Seeks Redemption

Good or bad, Andre Soukhamthath doesn't care what you think.

You won't find him online much these days reading what other people have to say about who he fights, how he fights, or what they think about his latest opponent.

"It's not important," he said. "I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone. I just want to win."

The well-mannered bantamweight from Woonsocket, R.I., with the million-dollar smile hasn't suddenly turned heel following his loss to Kin Moy in January, but with the pressure to respond to critics no longer clouding his judgment, Soukhamthath (7-2, 4 KOs) will be all business when he returns to the cage Friday, April 25th, 2014 against Josh Killion (10-4) of Ohio on the undercard of "CES MMA XXIII" at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

"There's no pressure anymore," said Soukhamthath, whose loss to Moy snapped a seven-fight win streak.

"I finally lost. People wanted to see me get tested. Well, I got tested. I know where I stand now. I know where I need to be and what I need to do to make it to that next level, and that's focus on one fight at a time and fight smarter." The first step toward fighting smarter is to learn to block out all of the outside influences, whether it's criticism from the press, social media chatter or unexpected adversity.

Soukhamthath dealt with it all leading up to the fight against Moy.

It was his first scheduled fight since moving south to begin training with the Blackzillians. In addition to the commute from Florida to Rhode Island during fight week, Soukhamthath also dealt with the death of his uncle, who passed away that weekend, a hardship any fighter would have difficulty trying to block out, let alone one with so much already on his plate.

No excuses, Soukhamthath said.

"I had a lot going on, but I usually separate things pretty well," he said. "Mentally, I was drained, but I still went out there and fought, so I don't have anyone to blame but myself."

Soukhamthath's biggest problem was paying attention to the criticism online, the questions about his record, who he had faced in the past, and whether or not he could compete with Moy, an undefeated prospect from nearby Cambridge, Mass.

"It really aggravated me," Soukhamthath said. "I really wanted to go out there and put an exclamation point on my performance, and that's what I tried to do. I wore myself out. That's the only reason I lost the fight. I really beat myself. I don't think Kin beat me at all. I thought I won the first and second round. His back was on the mat the entire time, but it is what it is. Life goes on.

"I'm sure everyone will agree I always come to fight," he continued. "I don't go there to dance around, or lay and pray, or win on points. It might not always be the smartest thing, but at the end of the day it's what I do, and I'm not going to stop doing that.

"I won't fight emotionally anymore. I'll just fight smarter."

Soukhamthath has grown tired of critics saying he picks his fights -- "when my promoter calls me for a fight, I always say yes if I'm ready," he said -- which might explain why he's facing another tough test next Friday against Killion, a 5-foot-3, 23-year-old vet with eight wins by submission and victories in seven of his last eight fights.

Killion's cut from the same cloth, a throwback fighter who worries less about what his opponent brings to the table and focuses more on fighting his kind of fight once the bell rings.

"I don't do a lot of homework on my opponent," Killion said. "I just do my thing, and what happens, happens. It's going down once we're in that cage."

Soukhmathath recently beat one of Killion's training partners, Corey Simmons, in December, but Killion preferred to keep his training to himself rather than seek advice from Simmons.

"I never ask those guys, 'How did he fight?' or anything like that. I really don't even like watching videos," Killion said. "I'm not going in there with a game plan thinking he's going to fight this way or that way. I'm not going to fight like that. I'm a go-getter, so let's get it."

Despite having won eight of his 10 fights by submission with no knockouts on his record, Killion surprisingly prefers to stand and trade blows with his opponent.

"I like to hit. They always tell me they're going to hit with me, but then it goes the other way," he said. "That's how it's gone my whole career. Once they trade with me, they want to take me to the ground, but I'm an animal down there, too, so it doesn't matter to me. That's why they call it mixed martial arts.

"I'm the little guy, but I'm here to hit. I don't think [Soukhamthath] has ever come across anyone like me. I have a big heart. I hope he has heart, too."

Added Soukhamthath: "I'm taking this fight on somewhat short notice, but I never really stopped training after the last fight. I took a week off and got right back in the gym. The training has been great. I finally feel like part of the team. We're settled in. That's why we moved here. I want to do things the way they do things here. That's the best way to do it."

"CES MMA XXIII" will also feature the return of reigning featherweight champion Rob Font and hard-hitting heavyweight Josh Diekmann.

Tickets are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Coming off an impressive win in January, Font (9-1, 2 KOs) will return to face Tristan Johnson (8-4, 3 KOs) of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the main event. The 30-year-old Johnson has won three of his last five fights, including a split-decision victory over Bellator vet Will Romero in 2012, while Font has won his last eight.

Diekmann (14-5, 10 KOs), a Groton, Conn., native, returns to Twin River with wins in two of his last three fights. Following back-to-back first-round knockout wins in September and November, Diekmann's scheduled three-round bout at Bellator 110 against Manny Lara ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke. On April 25th, Diekmann will face Keith "Bad News" Bell (5-3-1, 3 KOs) of Newport News, Va. Bell has won three out of four since 2013 and appeared on the undercard of Bellator 109 in Pennsylvania.

"CES MMA XXIII" also features the return of fan-favorites Tateki Matsuda and Eric Spicely. Matsuda (8-5, 4 KOs), the Boston bantamweight who's fought everywhere from Maine to Tokyo since his last appearance with CES in 2010, will battle the unbeaten Matt Doherty (3-0, 2 KOs) of Salem, Mass., in what figures to be one of the most intriguing intrastate matchups on the card. Matsuda has lost his last two while Doherty is coming off a submission win over Shaun Marmas in January.

Spicely (3-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against 37-fight veteran Nuri Shakir (17-20, 8 KOs) of Nashua, N.H., in a three-round welterweight bout. Providence's Spicely last fought in December with a first-round knockout win over Tyler Rose. The 35-year-old Shakir owns wins over UFC vets Tom Egan and Nick Serra.

Also on the undercard, Pawtucket, R.I., welterweight Abe Pitrowski (5-2, 1 KO) will face Samuel Almeida (2-0) of Framingham, Mass.; lightweight Bobby Flynn (4-1, 1 KO) of Mashpee, Mass., will battle Providence's Tundee Odumuso (2-2); and featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (0-1) of Baltic, Conn., will face Manny Torres (2-2) of Hartford, Conn. Two-time Bellator vet Rico DiSciullo (1-0) of Peabody, Mass., will face Jordan Espinosa (3-3) of Findlay, Ohio in a three-round bantamweight bout, and East Providence, R.I., heavyweight Eric Bedard (6-4, 4 KOs) will battle Matthew Thompson (18-9, 7 KOs) of Austin, Tex.

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Shinobi War II!

The Warriors Return

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is set to return on Saturday 31st May 2014 with Shinobi War II. Once again the warriors will return to the Deeside Leisure Centre for a night of quality amateur mixed martial arts.

Lee Williams (Kaobon) vs Igor Puskarskis (Team Elite)

Craig Kelly (FCPC) vs Reece Parker (HAMMA)

Aaron Johnson (Blackledge MMA) vs Jamie Lester (Evade Martial Arts)

Bobby Pallett (HFFS) vs Alan Hunt (Team Elite)

Paul Jackson (HFFS) vs Pepe Malon (Combat Athlete MMA)

Nathan Rigby (HFFS) vs Steve Derwin (Beyond Black Belt)

Wayne Hughes (HFFS) vs Faisal Malik (Morefire MMA)

Joe Cook (HFFS) vs Ross Pope (Beyond Black Belt)

Ste Rogers (FCPC) vs John Shink (Morefire MMA)

Rizwan Khan (FCPC) vs Zin Jones (Beyond Black Belt)

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Flyweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships can now reveal the addition of a flyweight bout to Shinobi War II. The contest will feature Ste Rogers vs John Shink.

Ste Rogers fights out of the Full Contact Performance Centre under the watchful eye of Martin Stapleton. Rogers will be making his debut at Shinobi War II.

John Shink is another fighter from Morefire MMA. John made a successful debut on a local show in Ayelsbury and now holds a 1-0 record.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “This is our first ever flyweight bout on Shinobi. Flyweights are always fun to watch as they generally non-stop, all-action fighters. Hopefully these guys are the same!”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Featherweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to announce the addition of a featherweight bout to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature Wayne Hughes vs Faisal Malik.

Wayne Hughes fights out of HFFS and holds a 1-1 record. He is just 17 years old and in last bout he overwhelmed his opponent to secure a submission victory in just 22 seconds.

Faisal Malik fights out of Morefire MMA in Luton. Malik is 18 years old and holds a 0-0-1 record. He has a solid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu base, which he put to good effect in his debut fight.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “These two fighters on paper are very evenly matched. Both guys are probably undersized for featherweight, so I am sure they will be relishing the opportunity to fight someone of a similar stature.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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Shinobi War II!

Two Welterweights Set To Make Their Debut

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships are delighted to announce the addition of a welterweight contest to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature two debutantes in the form of Rizwan Khan and Zin Jones.

Rizwan Kahn fights out of Full Contact Performance Centre and Zin Jones fights out of Beyond Black Belt. Both fighters come from good gyms so we know they will be fully prepared for Shinobi War.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Only the people who train with these lads know what they are capable of. Having spoken with both of their coaches I am confident they will be ready come May 31st. Hopefully, the won’t let the occasion get to them and they put on a show!”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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Shinobi War II!

Featherweight Bout Added

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships can now reveal the addition of a featherweight bout to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature Paul Jackson vs Pepe Malon.

Paul Jackson is another fighter hailing from HFFS. Paul has a background in boxing and blasted his opponent in just 24 seconds scoring a TKO victory at ICE 2. Paul will be making to drop to 145lbs for this fight.

Pepe Malon fights out of Combat Athlete MMA in Telford. Pepe is an unassuming fighter with a solid skill set. Like his opponent, Pepe made is debut in March 2014 were he displayed good grappling skills en route to a submission victory.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Once again on paper it looks like we have another striker vs grappler match-up. Both of these guys are young fighter hailing from good gyms, so it is safe to assume they will both be competent in all areas of MMA.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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Shinobi War II!

Lightweight Bout Added

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to reveal that another lightweight bout has been added to the upcoming Shinobi War II card. The bout will see the return of two fighter from the first Shinobi War and will feature Bobby Pallett vs Alan Hunt.

Bobby Pallett fights out of HFFS and holds a respectable 3-0 record. Bobby is a tall rangy fighter with a strong ground game. In Bobby’s last fight he picked up Fight of the Night honours at Shinobi War 1 where he was part of the Main Event.

Alan Hunt fights out of Team Elite under the guidance of Andy Brocklebank. After winning his first 3 fights, Alan suffered back-to-back defeats. He has now dropped down a weight class and will be looking to get back in the win column.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Alan may be dropping down a weight class, but Bobby is a big lightweight. So maybe there won’t be as much of a size/strength advantage as some people may think. Bobby beat Alan’s teammate on the last Shinobi War and they put on a hugely entertaining fight. I expect fully expect Alan to come and bring the fight to Bobby and look to avenge that loss.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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Shinobi War II!

Lightweight Bout Added

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to announce the addition of an exciting lightweight class to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature Aaron Johnson vs Jamie Lester and will serve as part of the Main Card.

Aaron Johnson has had mixed fortunes inside the cage and holds a 4-3 record. Johnson has fought some of the best guys around proving he is willing to mix it with anyone. Having trained at several gyms in the past he has recently found a home at Blackledge MMA. In his last fight he overwhelmed Team Elite’s Alan Hunt in a catchweight contest.

Jamie Lester fights out of Evade Martial Arts. He now holds 2-0 record after going unbeaten fighting at amateur B and C levels. He is a strong grappler and recently took bronze at Grapple Nation.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “I am really looking forward to this fight. Aaron Johnson has vastly improved since going to Blackledge MMA and Jamie Lester is a solid technical fighter. This fight will be amateur MMA at its finest.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales. Tickets will be on sale soon and start at £30 each.

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GLORY 15 Istanbul!

This Saturday Night

It's officially GLORY 15 FIGHT WEEK, and this is undoubtedly the event of 2014 you cannot miss! This Saturday night, at 8/7c on Spike TV, four of the best 209lb (95kg) kickboxers on the planet will collide in a one-night tournament for the title of GLORY Light Heavyweight World Champion, with a combined 256 professional wins between all four of them!

If you haven't met the tournament contenders, now's your chance to brush up on the event. Suriname's Tyrone "The King of the Ring" Spong is the #1 ranked Light Heavyweight in GLORY, and he's set to make waves in the world of combat sports. Fighting Spong in the semi-final round at GLORY 15 will be Brazil's hungry, young wrecking machine, Saulo "Cassius Clay" Cavalari. The #2 ranked contender, at the opposite end of the tournament bracket, is one of the biggest names in kickboxing, Gokhan "The Rebel" Saki, dropping down to Light Heavyweight and fighting in front of his Turkish home crowd. Facing off versus Saki in hostile territory is Australia's very own Nathan "Carnage" Corbett, one of the most powerful men in Muay Thai for the past decade.

As a special treat for our fans, we're absolutely thrilled to announce that for a limited time, everything in the GLORY online shop will be discounted by 25%, as a special promotion to celebrate GLORY 15 Istanbul! We've got some amazing GLORY Gear for you to check out.

Don't forget to tell your friends, GLORY 15 Istanbul airs on SPIKE TV at 8/7c THIS SATURDAY, don't miss it!

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Light Heavyweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to announce the addition of a Light Heavyweight bout to Shinobi War II. The fight will feature Nathan Rigby vs Steve Derwin.

Nathan Rigby fights out of HFFS and made a successful debut at the first Shinobi War. Nathan is the type of fighter that likes to leave it all inside the cage.

Steve Derwin is another fighter hailing from Beyond Black Belt. He has been training MMA for a few years and will be making his debut at Shinobi War II.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Not a lot is known about Steve Derwin, but we know that everyone from Beyond Black Belt comes with a solid skill set. Nathan Rigby is an aggressive fighter and will certainly look to test that skill set as well as Steve’s resolve.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Melvin Guillard

World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of exciting striker Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard to the company's lightweight roster.

The UFC veteran signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July.

"I'm excited to start a new chapter in my career," said Guillard. "I feel like a brand new fighter with a great opportunity here with World Series of Fighting. I'm looking to prove I'm one of, if not the best lightweight in the world."

"Melvin is an amazing fighter with an energetic style that has earned him a massive, loyal fan base, " World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "He's a guy that comes to fight every time he enters the cage, and I'm excited to see how he fares in our lightweight division."

A 31-year-old New Orleans native, Guillard has competed for the UFC for the past six years, picking up 13 wins during that time, including eight victories by knockout. One of the most physically gifted and feared knockout artists in all of the sport, Guillard has been competing professionally since 2002 and boasts nearly 50 professional bouts to his name.

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Font & Diekmann Headline!

CES MMA XXIII

Trying to top the streak of knockouts that made March such a memorable month, CES MMA returns April 25th with an even bigger, bolder fight card.

"CES MMA XXIII" will feature the return of reigning featherweight champion Rob Font, hard-hitting heavyweight Josh Diekmann, and the CES debut of four-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veteran Ricardo Funch.

Tickets are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Coming off an impressive win in January, Font (9-1, 2 KOs) will return to face Tristan Johnson (8-4, 3 KOs) of Nova Scotia, Canada, in the main event. The 30-year-old Johnson has won three of his last five fights, including a split-decision victory over Bellator vet Will Romero in 2012, while Font has won his last eight. The Boston featherweight, originally from Tampa and now training out of Sityodong, submitted Bombsquad vet Ahsan Abdullah in January in the opening round of their scheduled three-round bout.

Diekmann (14-5, 10 KOs), a Groton, Conn., native, returns to Twin River with wins in two of his last three fights. Following back-to-back first-round knockout wins in September and November, Diekmann's scheduled three-round bout at Bellator 110 against Manny Lara ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke. On April 25th, Diekmann will face Keith "Bad News" Bell (5-3-1, 3 KOs) of Newport News, Va. Bell has won three out of four since 2013 and appeared on the undercard of Bellator 109 in Pennsylvania.

The 33-year-old Funch (8-4, 4 KOs), a native of Ludlow, Mass., will make his CES and Twin River debut against a familiar face in Dedham, Mass., veteran Brett Oteri (12-5, 1 KO), who has won seven fights by submission and enters this fight fresh off a big win over Dennis Olson in December.

Funch is hoping to regain his form following back-to-back losses to Dan Miller and Mike Pyle with the UFC in 2012 that led to his release from the promotion. He hasn't fought in more than a year, but owns wins over regional standouts Ryan Quinn, Woody Weatherby and Chandler Holderness.

That's just the beginning. "CES MMA XXIII" also features the return of fan-favorites Andre Soukhamthath, Tateki Matsuda and Eric Spicely, three rising stars with a combined record of 18-7.

Soukhamthath (7-2, 4 KOs), a Woonsocket, R.I., native now living and training in Florida, will return to Twin River hoping to rebound from a tough loss to Kin Moy in December, his first loss since his pro debut in 2011. This time he'll face Joshua Killion (9-4) of Defiance, Ohio, a tough veteran with seven submission wins on his resume, in a three-round bantamweight bout.

Matsuda (8-5, 4 KOs), the Boston bantamweight who's fought everywhere from Maine to Tokyo since his last appearance with CES in 2010, will battle the unbeaten Matt Doherty (3-0, 2 KOs) of Salem, Mass., in what figures to be one of the most intriguing intrastate matchups on the card. Matsuda has lost his last two while Doherty is coming off a submission win over Shaun Marmas in January.

Spicely (3-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against 37-fight veteran Nuri Shakir (17-20, 8 KOs) of Nashua, N.H., in a three-round welterweight bout. Providence's Spicely last fought in December with a first-round knockout win over Tyler Rose. The 35-year-old Shakir owns wins over UFC vets Tom Egan and Nick Serra.

Also on the undercard, Pawtucket, R.I., welterweight Abe Pitrowski (5-2, 1 KO) will face Samuel Almeida (2-0) of Framingham, Mass.; lightweight Bobby Flynn (4-1, 1 KO) of Mashpee, Mass., will battle Providence's Tundee Odumuso (2-2); and featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (0-1) of Baltic, Conn., will face Manny Torres (2-2) of Hartford, Conn. Two-time Bellator vet Rico DiSciullo (1-0) of Peabody, Mass., will face Jordan Espinosa (3-3) of Findlay, Ohio in a three-round bantamweight bout.

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Light Heavyweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to announce the addition of a Light Heavyweight bout to Shinobi War II. The fight will feature Joe Cook vs Ross Pope.

Joe Cook fights out of HFFS and has a 1-0 amateur record. Joe made is debut at the first Shinobi War were he won via TKO.

Ross Pope fights out of Beyond Black Belt and has a 2-0 record. Ross is the current GPUK Light Heavyweight Champion, winning that title in his last bout.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Both Joe and Ross are relatively new to the world of MMA and on paper match-up very well. However, Ross beat Joe’s teammate last year and I know Joe will be looking to avenge this loss.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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M-1 CHALLENGE 47!

Results

M-1 Challenge Featherweight Champion Marat Gafurov (9-0-0) retained his title and remained undefeated, winning a five-round decision over invading American challenger Lee "American Bulldog" Morrison (13-4-0) in tonight's M-1 Challenge 47 main event at Orenburgzhye Sport Hall in Orenburg, Russia.

Living boxing legend and future of Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. was a special guest.

This marked the second successful title defense for Gafurov, a jiu-jitsu specialist from Russia, who originally captured the crown in 2013.

In a much anticipated heavyweight rematch, Frenchman Shaban Ka (7-3-1) stopped Americanfighting icon Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (49-17-1) in the opening round. The two had previously fought to a draw in 2011.

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Marcin "Tybur" Tybura (10-0-0) recorded a win by third round technical knockout, maintaining his No. 1 contender position, over Croatian Maro "Gladiator" Perak (23-4-1).

Slovanian lightweight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger (26-4-0) gained revenge against Russian veteran Sergey Golyaev (23-11-0), choking his tough opponent into a first-round submission Buchinger has won 14 of his last 17 fights but Golyaev needed only 21 seconds in their first match to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Welterweight Julien "J-Smoove" Williams (5-1-0) was the only American fighter to register a victory at M-1 Challenge 47 with the first knockout of his professional career in his M-1 Global debut coming in the first round against previously unbeaten Russian Rasul Abdulaev (3-1-0).

Polish lightweight prospect Kamil Maron (5-1-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Russian Georgy Fursov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO), Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda (12-1-0) ruined Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich's (7-1-0) perfect pro record by way of an opening round guillotine choke, and Said Maadziev (1-1-0) won his first pro fight against Murad Mirzabekov (1-1-0) in a battle of Russian featherweights.

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AFO MMA!

Pro-Am Show Postponed

Promoter John "The Quietman" Ruiz, former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, has announced the postponement of the new American Fighting Championship's (AFO) inaugural Pro-Am mixed-martial-arts show that was scheduled on Saturday night, April 26 at Tyngsboro Sports Center in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

AFO's launching of "The Battle Series: AFO Redemption" amateur tournament, which will feature some of New England's top fighters in various weight classes, was to highlighted the Apr. 26th show.

The postponement was due to a variety of reasons, primarily the late addition of a major sponsor willing to make a substantial financial investment in the show and tournament, as well as providing a custom made trophy to be awarded to the gym producing the most winners in the tournament.

"We didn't want to rush and promote our first show just for the sake of doing it," Ruiz explained. "We just ran out of time. We had a lot of fighters contact us to fight in our tournament, but the new sponsor wants more gyms competing against each other to establish bragging rights to go along with a sizable cash award and trophy. It's very important for all us associated with AFO to make sure our first show is of high quality, featuring entertaining, competitive fights. We couldn't insure that for April 26th and had to make a difficult decision to postpone that event."

Another reason for the delay in the new AFO's inaugural event is a USO trip to Afghanistan that Ruiz is involved in that which was originally supposed to happen in February but was recently rescheduled to happen later this month. Ruiz committed himself to the trip and he would have been away for the final few weeks of preparation for the Apr. 26 show.

"It's a good news, bad news situation," Ruiz continued. "We are disappointed having to postpone our first show, but we have a title sponsor behind us and that's going to help a lot. We apologize for any inconveniences this postponement is for fighters, trainers and fans alike. Our staff will have sufficient time to recruit fighters for the tournament, as well as further develop relationships with MMA gyms and fighters throughout New England. We are looking at several venues and television options for this summer and will make a formal announcement about the exact date when everything has been finalized."

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Phil Harris Returns!

CWFC Fight Night 11

Phil Harris has signed an exclusive five-fight deal with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and will return at CWFC Fight Night 11.

Coming off a four-fight stint with the UFC, 30-year-old Harris (22-12-0-1nc) will take on 20-year-old undefeated Russian prospect Kurban Gadzhiev (6-0) in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, April 18.

“I’m very happy to be signed back to Cage Warriors,” said Harris. “It’s the best show in Europe and they’ve always been great to work with.

“I don’t know very much about my opponent but I’m looking forward to putting on a Fight of the Night performance for the fans in Jordan on April 18.”

CWFC Fight Night 11 will also feature a welterweight bout between Jack Mason (26-13) and Patrick Vallee (10-5-1-2nc), as well as a bantamweight clash between Marat Pekov (11-5) and Brian Moore (7-3).

In another welterweight encounter, Mike Johnson (9-6) will face Tahar Hadbi (9-5), while unbeaten featherweight Arnold Allen (6-0) will be searching for his fourth CWFC win when he collides with Tobias Huber (5-3).

More bouts will be announced for CWFC Fight Night 11 in the coming days, with the card for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s sixth event of 2014 also set to feature the likes of Jack Hermansson, Julien Boussuge and John Redmond.

Meanwhile, in addition to the return of Phil Harris to the CWFC roster, officials can also today confirm that Brett Caswell, Dean Garnett and Tim Wilde have also each signed exclusive five-fight deals with the promotion.

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Shinobi War II!

Middleweight Bout Added

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships can officially announce the addition of a middleweight bout to Shinobi War II. The contest will feature Lee Williams vs Igor Puskarskis and will form part of the Main Card.

Lee Williams fights of Kaobon and holds an impressive 5-1 amateur record. Lee is a strong well-rounded fighter and possesses some serious knockout power.

Igor Puskarskis fights out of Team Elite under the watchful eye of Andy Brocklebank. Even though Team Elite is a tradionally striking gym Igor has a solid ground game and holds an unbeaten 5-0 record.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Igor and Lee are two of the best amateur 185lbs fighters around. At Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships our goal is to pit the best against the best and this fight is exactly that.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

M-1 CHALLENGE 47

MARAT GAFUROV (8-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Champion, Dagestan, Russia 144 ½ LBS. V LEE MORRISON (13-3-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Challenger, Okanogan, Washington, USA 144 ½ LBS.

JEFF MONSON (49-17-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB), Miami, Florida, USA 237 ¾ LBS. V CHABAN KA (6-3-1, 0 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Villeneuve-d' Ascq, France 246 ½ LBS.

Marcin TYBURA (9-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Lodz, Poland 242 ½ LBS. V MARIO "Gladiator" PEREK (23-33-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), Dubrovnik, Croatia 219 ½ LBS

IVAN BUCHINGER (25-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 15 SUB), Gabcikovo, Slovania 153 ¾ LBS. V SERGEY GOLYAEV (23-10-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), St. Petersburg, Russia 154 ¼ LBS.

LUIS FERNANDO MIRANDA (11-0-1, 4 KO/TKO), 6 SUB), Rio Grande, Rio Grande Do Sol, Brazil 202 LBS. V VASILY BABICH (9-2-0, 3 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Yeupatoria, Ukraine 202 ½ LBS.

JULIEN WILLIAMS (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Orlando, Florida, USA 170 LBS. V RASUL ABDULAEV (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Kolpino, Russia 169 ¾ LBS.

KAMIL MARON (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Tarnov, Poland 145 LBS. V GEORGY FUROV (2-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia 145 LBS.

ALEXEI KUNCHENKO (2-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), Tyumen, Russia 168 LBS. V ANATOLY SAFRONEV (19-20-0, 3 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Kharkiv, Ukraine 169 ¾ LBS.

MURAD MIRZABEKOV (1-0-0, 0 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia 144 ½ LBS. V SAID MAADZIEV (0-1-0), St. Petersburg, Russia 144 ½ LBS.

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Shinobi War II!

Lightweight Bout Added

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to announce the addition of a lightweight bout to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature two exciting prospects in the 155lbs division in the form of Craig Kelly and Reece Parker.

Reece “The Viking” Parker fights out of HAMMA under the guidance of Sean Martin. Reece is a huge lightweight and previously fought at welterweight. Reece is known for having heavy hands, but in his last outing showcased his ground game earning a submission victory of Jason O’Conner at ACB 9.

Craig Kelly holds an impressive record of 5-2 and is another talented fighter training at the Full Contact Performance Centre with Martin Stapleton. In Kelly’s last fight he blasted Hayden Shariff scoring the TKO in just 25 seconds at FCC 9.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “I am really excited to see how this fight plays out. Both HAMMA and FCPC are producing a stream of young talented fighters at the moment. It is always good to see gyms like these go head-to-head.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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Hadribeaj V Whittal!

CO MAIN EVENT FOR TURF WARS III

Another battle of undefeated fighters will serve as the exciting co-main event this Saturday (April 5) night when Donofrio MMA and Impact Fight League's (League in association with Olympia Entertainment) IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III -- USA VS CANADA on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the famed Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

In the chief supporting bout before the explosive main event, two of the area's hottest young welterweight (170-lb.) prospects will lock up in all-out cage warfare, as Macomb, Michigan's (via Albania) Adrian "The Eagle" Hadribeaj (6-0) from Fight Club Proving Ground and Fuse MMA (under coaches Joseph Battaglia, Don Richard and James Lee) will take on Chatham, Ontario's Nick Whittal (3-0) from the Gracie Barra Gym in Chatham (under coach Thomas Armstrong).

Tickets for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III -- USA VS CANADA are priced at $15, $25, $35, $50 and Super Fan $75 and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables available at 248.770.6000.

Both men have already worn title belts for other organizations and both are hungry for glory in front of the thousands in attendance at the legendary Joe Louis. 23-year-old former karate specialist Adrian Hadribeaj likes to fight standing up, but says he prepares to fight in any style. 25-year-old Whittal specializes in Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu, but brings a well-rounded attack to every fight.

In the night's explosive main event, undefeated Taylor Moore (9-0) of Howell, Michigan will face Scarborough, Ontario's also undefeated Spencer Efford (6-0). Several other highly competitive match-ups for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III -- USA VS CANADA will be announced tomorrow.

With breathtaking competitive bouts; 100 foot catwalks, off-the-hook pyrotechnics, world-class ring girls, and the Midwest's best choreographed troupe walking the fighters to the cage, Donofrio MMA events are unmatched in the Midwest.

For more information, visit donofriomma.com. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm.

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Joel Bouzou!

New Vice President Of WMMAA

Four-time French Olympian Joel Bouzou, president and founder of Peace and Sports (www.peace-sport.org), has been appointed Vice President of World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA).

Bouzou captured a gold medal at the 1987 World Championship Modern Pentathlon, in addition to representing France in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1994 Olympic Games, winning a Bronze Medal in 1984 as a team member.

Peace and Sports is a neutral international organization based in Monaco, under the patronage of Prince Albert II, founded in 2007 to promote the use of sport to foster dialogue and reconciliation everywhere it's needed.

WMMAA's goal is to be the official world governing body for Mixed Martial Arts. A non-profit organization founded in 2012, WMMAA is on a mission to develop a standardized and regulated organization, including competition, training, officiating, testing and growth when necessary. More than 400 countries have been granted WMMAA membership.

The head of WMMAA is President Vadim Finkelchtein, also the president of M-1 Global, the largest MMA group in Russia and Europe. WMMAA's honorary president is legendary Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all-time.

Bouzou's start in MMA was through an introduction by his wife to Finkelchtein. "Interest in collaboration was mutual," Bouzou explained. "Vadim does very much for the development of MMA in the whole world and is interested in popularization of this sport. I see enormous peacemaking potential in mixed martial arts. We had a conversation during which we found the points of contiguity and drew up a plan of our collaboration. Both is us - Vadim and I - analyzed carefully all pros and cons. And as a result we decided that collaboration has to take place.

"The first important steps for MMA development have already been done. The national MMA federations already exist in many countries. Tutors, seminars and master classes are being conducted all over the world. Fighters are excellent role models for our society. There are two fighters, two opponents. Each of them has his own story. One is a winner, the other is a loser. But they respect each other. If there is no opponent there is no fight. And you can be a hero, real winner and a good fighter, only if you are a good opponent. To respect the rules and your opponent is important here. It unites sportsmen and it is an example for society."

Last October, WMMAA hosted the inaugural World MMA Championships held in St. Petersburg, Russia, which made history as amateur MMA fighters from all over the world competed for national pride in front of an audience of millions via television and internet broadcasts. The second annual World MMA Championships is scheduled to be held this September in Minsk, Belarus.

"I'm sure one of the basic tasks for us is to increase the interest of MMA in government," Bouzou continued. "For this purpose it is necessary to develop master classes, seminars and conferences. Also, we will conduct different social programs in partnership with the Peace and Sports organization. Presenting MMA through collaboration with Peace and Sports, we will show to governments and society that mixed martial arts can be a very useful type of sport which can help with the solution of social problems.

"I consider it is important to carry MMA's philosophy to the people. It is the philosophy of respect to the opponent and following rules. It is not just a show. It is a prime example that even irreconcilable rivals can unite for a general aim.

"The social side of sport - education, developing programs, competitions, popularization of sport among children and youth - is important to the state. If government is sure MMA can play an important role for society, that fighters can become excellent examples for people, they will support development of this sport. Fights, tournaments, and shows are spectacular and exciting, but it goes more to business. My goal is to show that MMA also has a strong social side."

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TURF WARS III!

April 5

The main event has been announced for Donofrio MMA and The Impact Fight League in association with Olympia Entertainment Present: IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III - USA VS CANADA" on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the famed Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Topping this instalment of Donofrio MMA's stunning cage-fight extravaganzas will be a battle of undefeated fighters between Howell, Michigan's undefeated Taylor Moore (9-0) of Scorpion Fighting System (coach James Gray) and Scarborough, Ontario's also undefeated Spencer Efford (6-0) of Team UMAC MMA & Fitness (coach Lou Milonas).

Tickets for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III - USA VS. CANADA are priced at $15, $25, $35, $50 and Super Fan $75 and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables available at 248.770.6000.

20-year-old Moore is a wrestler with strong Jiu Jitsu skills, who has torn through all competition thus far. 18-year-old Efford is a well-rounded Jiu Jitsu fighter whose aggressive pace has wilted every opponent.

Someone's "0" must go in this thrilling main event between these strong, unbeaten rivals from different countries. Both men say they've worked too hard to lose this explosive fight.

Promoter Joseph Donofrio says he's eager to watch the two unbeaten fighters get it on.

"Both these guys are future stars. This is a preview to a match-up that will probably be rematched down the line, as they both continue to wipe the floor with everyone else they face. I have no idea who will win, but I know in MMA circles it's an early crossroads fight you don't want to miss. I'm really looking forward to it!"

Several exciting match-ups are scheduled in support of the Moore vs. Efford main event for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III - USA VS. CANADA" and they will be announced in the week leading up to show time.

With breathtaking competitive bouts; 100 foot catwalks, off-the-hook pyrotechnics, world-class ring girls, and the Midwest's best choreographed troupe walking the fighters to the cage, Donofrio MMA events are unmatched in the Midwest.

For more information, visit donofriomma.com. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm.

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GAFUROV V MORRISON!

M-1 CHALLENGE 47

The opportunity American featherweight contender Lee "American Bulldog" Morrision (13-3-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) has trained so hard for finally arrives April 4 on M-1 Challenge 47: Battle in the Heart of the Continent," airing free worldwide on M-1Global.tv, live from Orenburgzhe Sport Hall in Orenburgh, Russia. Morrison takes on unbeaten M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Marat Gafurov (8-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in the highly-anticipated main event.

Unbeaten in his last eight fights, dating back nearly three years, Morrison will be fighting a long way from his home in Okanogon, Washington. The 28-year-old former collegiate wrestling star, at North Dakota College and Menio College in California, won his M-1 Global debut in his last fight (Oct. 20, 2013) with a hard fought split decision over Mikhail Malyutin at M-1 Challenge 42 to earn "Fight of the Night" honors. He also positioned himself as the No. 1 M-1 Challenge featherweight contender.

His first fight in Russia may have been somewhat surreal for him but this trip he's on a mission to bring the coveted M-1 Challenge belt home to America. "Fighting in Russia the first time was quite interesting because it was like I was fighting alone in my head," Morrison explained what it was like for him. "I traveled internationally to fight in a big organization. I had never been there and fans hadn't see me before. Everything was breathtaking the last fight but this fight won't be as much of a culture shock for me. Interest is even greater because a title is on the line this time.

"I'm coming to show what I'm capable of doing and hope to have my hand raised at the end of the fight. I'm a guy who is explosive. I've worked hard on conditioning; muscle movement - when to release and when to maintain - because I needed to prepare for a five-round fight. Seeing how I've been a wrestler all my life, I to try to stand-up and move around more in every fight. I've worked on my stand-up but I'm not really certain what will happen once the fight starts."

The 29-year-old Gafurov is a jiu-jitsu world champion from Russia who won the inaugural M-1 Challenge featherweight championship Nov. 15, 2013, choking Vugar Bahshiev into a submission at M-1 Challenge 35. In his first and only title defense to date, Gaforov stopped Yuri Ivlev by way of punches in the second round, last November at M-1 Challenge 41.

"He's undefeated, one of the top featherweight fighters in the world," Morrison talked about his opponent. "Gafurov's tough, very talented, strong and a Russian fighting at home. He's the cream-of-the-crop. A win will elevate me to another level."

An intriguing co-feature pits another American, ageless Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (49-17-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB), against French heavyweight Chaban Ka (6-3-1, 0 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in a rematch of their 2011 fight that ended in a draw.

Monson is an MMA icon whose 16-year professional MMA career includes six fights in Russia (3-3-0), highlighted by a loss by decision to the great Fedor Emelianenko, as well as a win by submission (north-south choke) over Fedor's younger brother, Alekander Emelianenko.

M-1 Challenge 47 will also be broadcast live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

Chief support on the undercard will be provided by a Special Heavyweight Attraction featuring unbeaten Polish heavyweight Marcin "Tybur" Tybura (9-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and always dangerous Croatian powerhouse Maro "Gladiator" Perak (23-3-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB).

Slovakian lightweight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger (25-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 15 SUB) is out seeking revenge against Russian veteran Sergey Golyaev (23-10-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), who in 2010 needed only 21 seconds to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Another American invader fighting on the loaded M-1 Challenge 47 event, making his M-1 Global debut, is Floridian welterweight Julien "J-Smoove" Williams (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), who faces unbeaten Russian grappling specialist Rasul Abdulaev (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), the 2013 National and European amateur MMA champion.

Also fighting on the undercard is a pair of featherweight prospects, Kamil Maron (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), pf Poland, vs. Georgy Fursov (2-1-0, 1 KO/TKO), of Russia; Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda (11-1-0) vs. Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich (9-2-0, 3 KO/TKO/5 SUB); Russian welterweight Alexei Kunchenko (2-0-0, 1 KO/1 SUB) tests himself vs. Ukrainian veteran Anatoly "Doctor" Safronev (19-20-0, 3 KO/TKO/8 SUB); and Murad Mirzabekov (1-0) vs. Said Maadziev (0-1-0) rounds-out this entertaining card in a battle of young Russian featherweights.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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PinnacleFC 6 Results!

Cherico Still Perfect; Hanna, Worthy Impressive

Thousands of fans packed inside the Greentree Sportsplex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday night, producing yet another sold-out crowd for the Steel City’s premiere mixed martial arts organization. In the main event, Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (6-0) kept his perfect record intact by defeating veteran Brady “The Alpha Male” Hovermale (9-4) via unanimous decision.

After being unbeaten in 14 fights with all 14 coming via stoppage, that latter streak was finally snapped for Cherico on the night, although it was snapped in his most complete performance as a fighter. Already perhaps the best featherweight prospect in the nation, Cherico continued to showcase his improved striking put together with his already impressive wrestling prowess. After an even first round, Cherico took control in the second frame and never looked back. Hovermale stayed on the defensive for much of the rest of the fight, but he was successful in fending off submission attempts from Cherico. In the end, however, it was Cherico who took home the victory, earning scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28.

The night’s co-main event fight of the night left the fans in attendance in awe, as Rob Hanna (4-0) survived an early onslaught from Joey “The Hitman” Holt (3-2) to turn the tide and eventually product the biggest comeback in PinnacleFC history. Holt was aggressive early in the fight, dropping Hanna with a thunderous right hand and then following up with a left hand that wobbled the Dayton product. To his credit, Hanna walked through the punches and turned the momentum his way in the second half of the first round. The next two rounds were all Hanna, as he found his groove by following his strikes in to a clinch position and landing takedowns. Both fighters earned the respect of the fans after a grinding fight, as fans began chanting the names of both prior to the final bell. All three judges gave Hanna a score of 29-28 for a unanimous decision victory.

In the second co-headliner, Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (5-2) extended his winning streak to four in a row, as he flattened Jacob “The Blasian Persuasion” Butler (2-2) with a right hand just 26 seconds into the fight to earn perhaps the most impressive knockout of the night. The pro card was rounded out with an entertaining featherweight battle, as a new and improved Francis “Mad Dog” Healy (3-1) earned a decision victory over Ohio’s Chris “Kid Dynamite” Dunn (7-4) in a back-and-forth affair.

The amateur card showcased some of the best talent in the Ohio Valley region, as three titles were decided on the night. Jerrell “Thunderkat” Hodge (11-1) capped off an impressive amateur career with yet another title, as he wrangled the PinnacleFC featherweight title from Rich “The Baby Face Bull” Cantolina (10-7) with a solid three-round performance.

Eric “Sizzle” Bledose (5-0) was the only fighter to successfully defend his title on the card, as he followed up his impressive knockout over Matt Conahan with a masterful wrestling and grappling performance in a victory over “Prince” Fadi Shuman (4-2) at lightweight. After the fight, Bledsoe revealed his intentions to jump to the pro ranks.

And finally, Darnell “Achilles” Pettis (8-3) closed out his amateur career with yet another title, as the Ohio native earned the bantamweight title with an emphatic knockout over former champion “Dangerous” Dave Crockett (6-2) in the third round. After both fighters landed big shots throughout the fight, it was Pettis who hit the home run, flattening Crockett with a right hand on the chin in the third frame.

A pair of fighters threw their names into the ring for shots at what will now be vacant titles, as Jake Schilling (5-1) became the No. 1 contender at 145 pounds, while Devonte Smith (4-2) is now a top contender at 155 pounds.

PinnacleFC 7 will go down at the Greentree Sportsplex on May 24, as Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (3-0) will take on James Porter (7-2) for the first-ever PinnacleFC professional bantamweight title in the main event.

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City V City BJJ!

From SportDock London

The City Vs City BJJ Clashes from SportDock London have now been uploaded to the Combat & Strength Channel on youtube.

These bouts see a London select BJJ team take on German teams from Berlin and Hannover as well as a range of BJJ superbouts!

Combat & Strength Channel on youtube updates with regular new footage of Fighters Inc live events which of course is free to view

Other C&S Playlists include:

£10K Ground Clash

Arm Wars Super Series

Pain & Glory MMA & K1

Its ON! White Collar Box

Worlds Strongest Man Experience

Enter the Battle

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PALHARES & MORAES!

CAPTURES WSOF WORLD TITLE BELTS

Brazilian submission master Rousimar Palhares (17-6) needed just 69 seconds to take the World Series of Fighting welterweight title away from former champ Steve Carl (21-4).

And it was his signature move - the heel hook - that led "Toquinho" to victory.

The championship fight headlined Saturday's "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares" event at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and aired on NBCSN.

Making his World Series of Fighting debut, Palhares wasted little time in shooting the fight to the floor. From there, he rolled for Carl's leg, and the end was near. Looking first for a kneebar, Palhares then turned to his patented finishing hold, wrenching the inverted heel hook until Carl was forced to tap and hand over the belt.

In the night's co-feature, Marlon Moraes claimed (13-4-1) claimed World Series of Fighting's inaugural bantamweight title with a dominating decision win over a gutsy Josh Rettinghouse (10-3).

Rettinghouse looked to push the pace early, but Moraes' excellent defensive wrestling skills kept him on the feet, and his crisp muay Thai provided all the offense he would need. A sharp counter punch floored Rettinghouse in the first, but he crawled back to his feet and soldiered on. Moraes came forward with thunderous leg kicks that wobbled Rettinghouse early and often and left him nearly immobile for the final few rounds.

A game Rettinghouse pushed forward until the final bell, but in the end, Moraes was simply too much and cruised to a decision win, earning a championship belt in the process.

Fighting for the first time under the World Series of Fighting banner, Japanese middleweight Yushin Okami (30-8) proved he's still one of the world's best fighters, as he dominated Bulgarian opponent Svetlozar Savov (12-5).

Savov simply had no match for Okami's powerful wrestling attack and found himself on his back early and often. Pushing easily to mount in both the first and second rounds, Okami dominated the fight on the floor and eventually set up an arm-triangle choke and cranking the hold until he earned the tap with 14 seconds left in the frame.

Afterward, Okami admitted he had hoped to show off his striking skills but realized the importance of a win.

"My gameplan was to use my striking game, but once we got going, I saw that he had good distance, so I was forced to change my gameplan," Okami said.

In a key welterweight fight, Josh Burkman (27-10) picked up another highlight-reel win with a stunning knockout of Tyler Stinson (27-10).

While Stinson was the vaunted knockout artist, it was Burkman who landed a crushing lead right from a southpaw stance, sending his opponent crashing to the floor. Burkman made sure he had no time to recover, landing a huge follow-up right hand that ended the fight at the 2:15 mark of the first.

"The one thing I didn't want to do was stand in front of him," Burkman said after the win. "I knew he had enough respect for my hands, and if he hurt me, I was going to take it to wrestling."

In the night's first main-card matchup, lightweight Johnny Nunez (5-0) kept his career mark perfect with a hard-fought split-decision win over Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2).

The aggressive Nunez set the tone early in each round, pushing forward with reckless abandon. Dugulubgov proved a tough foe, defending takedown attempts and answering back with submission attempts of his own.

Ultimately, while Dugulubgov had frequent moments in dominant positions, his inability to capitalize on the advantages cost him, and Nunez was awarded a split-decision win. Afterward, Nunez said he wasn't concerned with anyone claiming controversy in the call.

"I don't care what anybody says," Nunez said. "I'm not worrying about anyone but myself and my team."

In the night's featured preliminary contest, Mike Corey (13-3-1) looked downright dominant in a second-round submission win over Shane Kruchten (11-3).

The shorter Corey dealt well with Kruchten's reach, leaping in with powerful punches and dropping him in the opening round. In the second, Corey took Kruchten to the floor, peppered him with punches and moved quickly to his back. While Kruchten tried to defend, Corey muscled in a rear-naked choke attempt and squeezed until he earned the tap at the 2:59 mark of the round.

Bryson Hansen (7-1) made an immediate impact in World Series of Fighting's bantamweight division, needing just 46 seconds in his promotional debut to score a TKO win over Sean Cantor (1-1).

Hansen looked for a takedown early in the fight, and while Cantor defended well, he also exposed his chin in the process. Hansen seized the opportunity, unleashing a barrage of left hands that stunned Cantor and forced a quick TKO stoppage.

Featherweight prospect Chris Gruetzemacher (12-1) made his long-awaited World Series of Fighting debut in impressive fashion, thoroughly dominating longtime veteran John Gunderson (34-16-2). Using a grinding wrestling attack, Gruetzemacher had Gunderson on the defense from start to finish, and "Gritz" was awarded a clear-cut decision win.

While his brother, Bryson, would later duplicate the feat, Brenson Hansen (6-2) picked up a victory, downing Boostayre Nefarios (2-2) via decision. Nefarios appeared to hold in the edge in speed and quickness, but Hansen moved constantly forward, firing heavy punches and outworking his opponent en route to the victory.

In an early welterweight matchup, Danny Davis (9-8-1) turned in one of the more impressive efforts of his career, outworking Phil Dace (9-5) over the course of three rounds and scoring a unanimous-decision win.

The night's first fight saw lightweight JimmySpicuzza (3-0) keep his perfect career mark intact with an impressive, first-round submission win over Gil Guardado (2-1).

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 9!

PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

World Series of Fighting hosted a press conference on Thursday with executives and fighters competing in the NBCSN-televised "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares" event on Saturday night at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

It was also announced on Thursday by WSOF officials that fight fans across the world will be able to watch the fights through a live stream on NBCSports.com.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that start at 3:15 p.m. PT local time, and begin streaming on NBCSports.com beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT local time).

The following are quote highlights from the press conference:

RAY SEFO, WSOF President:

"I don't think it's hard to digest at all (Palhares fighting for a title). His record and the people he has fought speaks for itself. He's fought some of the best in the world. He didn't get cut from UFC because he lost. He got cut because of a submission he held too long, so they say. That being said, Rousimar Palhares is one of the best fighters in the world."

ALI ABDELAZIZ, WSOF Executive Vice President:

"Steve Carl is the champion and I think the odds makers have it wrong. I believe he's the favorite in this fight. Rousimar Palhares has to come into his house and he has to prove he can be the champ. Steve Carl is not the fighter he was three or four years ago. I'm excited as a fan to have the best seat in the house and I'm excited for this fight.

"I think Burkmam-Stinson will be the fight of the night, that's my prediction."

JOSH BURKMAN:

"This is my fifth fight at the Hard Rock. It's really nice to see how much this show has grown, even in the short few months since I fought last. Tyler (Stinson) poses some of the best hands I've ever faced in my 40 fights so I'm really looking forward to this challenge on Saturday night. This fight against Stinson will hopefully just prove I had an off night and I'll be back fighting for Steve Carl's belt."

TYLER STINSON:

"I'm here to kick somebody's ass. The name I signed on the contract today was Burkman. I'm a kid from a small town in Kansas. I'm not even supposed to be here. That's basically it. I'm just ready to fight. That's great that Ali thinks this is going to be the Fight of the Night. That's good, but that means he has to do something good. I'm going to try and dominate this fight. Fight of the Night? I'd rather have Knockout of the Night."

MARLON MORAES:

"Of course my motivation comes from fighting for a belt. Who wouldn't want to fight for a belt?"

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Heavyweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to reveal the addition of a Heavyweight bout to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature Chris Kinsey vs Rob Beech.

Chris Kinsey holds a record of 2-1 and fights of Team Savage Science. He made is MMA debut at Shinobi War I and has since gone on to show that he is willing to mix it with any amateur heavyweight in UKMMA.

Rob Beech fights out of HAMMA under the guidance of Sean Martin. He has established himself on the amateur UKMMA scene and holds a respectable 5-1 record.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “Everyone loves to see two big guys throw leather and that is exactly what both Chris and Rob do! I will be shocked if this bout goes the distance.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

CWFC Fight Night 10

Middleweight: Jack Marshman (186lbs) vs. Abu Azaitar (185.5lbs)

Bantamweight: John Cullen (135.9lbs) vs. Marat Pekov (135.5lbs)

Light-heavyweight: Malik Merad (204.5lbs) vs. Mohamed Ali (202.7lbs)

Middleweight: Allan Love (183.4lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8lbs)

Flyweight: Paul Marin (125.6lbs) vs. Marcin Lasota (126lbs)

Welterweight: Carl Booth (169.8lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.5lbs)

Featherweight: Dave Hill (146lbs) vs. Miguel Haro (149.9lbs)*

Middleweight: Hicham Laghzali (183.5lbs) vs. Yazan Janeb (184.4lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 per cent of purse to opponent

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Triple A MMA!

Partners With Echo Group

Triple A MMA has partnered with the Echo Group, LLC, with the support of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Athletic Commission, to offer IV rehydration therapy to fighters following weigh-ins for ‘Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock’. This one of a kind program is being offered by the Echo Group, a New Mexico based Medical Resource Company, to ensure combat sports athletes are well hydrated prior to competition. Licensed EMS staff will be on hand at the weigh-in event on March 28, for fighters who wish to take advantage of the service.

IV rehydration is a legal way for combat sports athletes to hydrate safely and medically. Triple A MMA is the first mixed martial arts promotion to officially partner with an EMS Company to make this service available to fighters following weigh-ins. The cost to the fighter is minimal and can be deducted from their purse. IV rehydration is optional and a safe alternative to oral rehydration.

Triple A MMA C.O.O., J.R. Rodriguez stated, “Invicta FC fighter Jodi Esquibel commentates for us. She also works as an EMT. Jodie spoke to us about IV rehydration and how offering the service through a licensed EMS Company would benefit the fighters. As a promotion, we want to ensure that our fighters step into the cage 100% rehydrated and ready to go, but we want them to do it safely. We are very excited to partner with the Echo Group to offer this service to our fighters. We are equally excited to have the support of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Athletic Commission.”

According to a recent study by the Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, a significant proportion of MMA fighters are not successfully rehydrating before competition and subsequently are competing in a dehydrated state. Most fighters rehydrate orally with water or other fluids immediately following weigh-ins. Oral re-hydration takes approximately 20-40 minutes and the body excretes a majority of the nutrients. This is not the case with IV rehydration.

“When it comes to IV Re-hydration, the neutral saline and electrolyte solution goes directly to where the body needs it, as soon as it is administered. The rehydration process is faster and the body absorbs most of the nutrients.” stated Elliott Guinn, President and CEO of the Echo Group. “Studies show that dehydration increases pain, decreases coordination and focusing. IV re-hydration decreases that, especially since a fighter has about 24 hours before their fight, which is not much time. We want to make sure the fighters are well hydrated, safely, before they enter the cage."”

Robert Romero, Acting Director of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Athletic Commission (PPAC), had this to add, “We know there are fighters out there that rehydrate via IV behind closed doors and in most cases it is not done by a trained medical professional. It is not easy to safely rehydrate someone. You have to know which solution to use and how much to use. This takes real medical knowledge. When we met with Triple A MMA and the Echo Group our main focus was the safety of the fighters. The PPAC was created with the intent of meeting and or exceeding the national commission standards. Offering fighters a safe IV-rehydration option in a controlled environment will ensure that what is going into their bodies is not harmful. It will also level the playing field by opening up this option to all fighters, in an unbiased environment.”

Trained, certified EMS professionals from the Echo Group will be on hand to manage the IV re-hydration process following the ‘Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock’ Weigh-in event. The weigh-ins are open to the public and will take place at 2:00 PM/MST, on FRIDAY, March 28th, at Camel Rock Casino inside The Rock Showroom (17486A Hwy 84/285 Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87506).

’Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock’ is Orthrus Promotions’ third combat sports event of 2014. Additional event dates and locations will be announced soon! *Tickets are $20 for GA, $30, $40 and $50. All seats are reserved and available to purchase now online, www.TripleAMMA.com, or by calling 505-508-0876.

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING!

To Be Streamed Across The World On NBCSports.com

World Series of Fighting events, including the main events and undercard matches, will now be available to fans globally through a live stream on NBCSports.com. The announcement comes just in time for "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," which takes place March 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The star-studded event - which will be broadcast live in the U.S. on NBCSN and features Brazilian stars Rousimar Palhares and Marlon Moraes fighting for world titles, as well as Japanese superstar Yushin Okami battling Bulgaria's Svetlozar Savov - streams live internationally on NBCSports.com beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on March 29, and includes multiple undercard bouts. The event will also stream live in the U.S. through "TV Everywhere" on NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for the web, mobile devices and tablets.

"This is huge news for us, as well as for our fans in the U.S. as well all around the world," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I am constantly receiving emails and tweets from fans who are eager to be able to watch our fights, and I'm so proud to finally offer them this opportunity. It's been my mission since day one to have these amazing fights playing in homes all around the world, and this is a massive step in that direction!"

World Series of Fighting 9 is the most stacked fight card in the organization's history. Palhares, arguably the fight game's most feared submission expert, challenges World Series of Fighting welterweight kingpin Steve Carl for his belt. In the co-main event, Marlon Moraes (who is always trying to knock his opponent out) faces Josh Rettinghouse for the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title. Okami, arguably the most accomplished Japanese fighter in MMA history and the man Chael Sonnen says he "never wants to fight again," makes his much-anticipated World Series of Fighting debut against Savov, Bulgaria's most promising middleweight.

Also on the main card are Josh Burkman (the only man in the past decade to submit Jon Fitch), heavy-handed Tyler Stinson (who owns 19 knockouts, four of them in 16 seconds or less), and U.S. Marines and Iraqi war veterans Mike Corey and Shane Kruchten (recent subject of a lengthy MSNBC documentary).

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Morrison & Monson!

Invade Russia

American fighters Lee "American Bulldog" Morrision (13-3-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (49-17-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB) will be featured April 4 on M-1 Challenge 47: Battle in the Heart of the Continent, airing free worldwide on M-1Global.tv, live from Orenburgzhe Sport Hall in Orenburgh, Russia.

Morrison challenges unbeaten M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Marat Gafurov (8-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in the main event, while Monson takes on French heavyweight Chaban Ka (6-3-1, 0 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in a rematch of their 2011 fight that ended in a draw.

Morrison, fighting out of Okanogon, Washington, is unbeaten in his last eight fights, dating back nearly three years. The 28-year-old was a collegiate wrestler at North Dakota College and Menio College in California. He was 8-0 as an amateur MMA fighter before turning pro in 2007. Morrison made his M-1 Global debut in his last fight (Oct. 20, 2013), winning a hard fought split decision over Mikhail Malyutin at M-1 Challenge 42, earning Fight of the Night honors, as well as the No. 1 contender position for Morrison.

The 29-year-old Gafurov is a jiu-jitsu world champion from Russia. He won the inaugural M-1 Challenge featherweight championship Nov. 15, 2013, choking Vugar Bahshiev into a submission at M-1 Challenge 35. In his first and only title defense to date, Gaforov stopped Yuri Ivlev by way of punches in the second round, last November at M-1 Challenge 41.

Monson was a standout wrestler in college at Oregon State and Illinois. He went on to become the two-time ADCC Submission Wrestling and No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. The 43-year-old veteran has fought in Russia three times (3-3-0), including a loss by decision to the great Fedor Emelianenko, as well as a win by submission north-south choke) over Fedor's younger brother, Aleksander Emelianenko.

The 6' 2" Ka has split a pair of Russian fights, losing by first-round submission (strikes) to Marcin Tybura in 2013 at M-1 Challenge 41, after winning his M-1 Global debut earlier that year to Alexei Kudin by first-round submission (choke) at M-1 Challenge 38.

M-1 Challenge 47 will also be broadcast live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

Providing chief support on the undercard in a Special Heavyweight Attraction is a potential show-stealing clash between two of the most exciting European heavyweights, undefeated Marcin "Tybur" Tybura (9-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and dangerous Maro "Gladiator" Perak (23-3-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB). Tybura was scheduled to challenge M-1 Challenge champion and fellow Polish heavyweight, Damian Grabowski, at M-1 Challenge 46. Grabowski, however, had to withdraw due to a neck injury and Tybura was rescheduled to fight Apr. 4. The high-regarded Perak, fighting out of Croatia, accepted the most significant challenge of his career to fight Tybura.

Revenge seeking lightweight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger (25-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 15 SUB) vacated his Cage Warriors title and joined M-1 Global to become its first Slovakian champion. His plans call for a rematch Apr. 4 against veteran lightweight Sergey Golyaev (23-10-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB) and then a move down in weight to M-1's stacked featherweight division. Buchinger has won 13 of his last 16 fights and Golyaev was one of three who defeated Buchinger during the aforementioned period, needing only 21 seconds to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Another American invader fighting on the loaded M-1 Challenge 47 event is Floridian welterweight Julien "J-Smoove" Williams (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), who tangles with an unbeaten Russian, Rasul Abdulaev (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB). Williams makes his M-1 debut after going 2-0 in Bellator competition. He faces 2013 National and European amateur MMA champion Abdulaev, a physically strong individual who prefers to fight on the ground.

Also fighting on the undercard is lightweight prospects Kamil Maron (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) vs. Georgy Fursov (2-1-0, 1 KO/TKO), as well as Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda (11-1-0) vs. undefeated Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich (7-0-0).

Poland-native Maron, unlike many Alexander Nevsky-trained fighters who are well-prepared for stand-up battles, has won three of four fights by submission. Fursov is a young, Russian fighter trying to establish himself.

Miranda has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and only one of his fights has gone the full distance. Babich is a strong puncher and kicker who stopped highly-regarded Russian prospect Artur Alibulatov by TKO.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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CWFC Fight Night 10!

Amman

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Amman this Friday, March 28, for CWFC Fight Night 10, the promotion’s third event this month.

The stacked card, which features top international talent from twelve different countries, takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in the heart of the Jordanian capital.

Headlined by a massive middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman, the action will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase.

Doors open at 5.30pm local time, with the first of eight professional bouts scheduled to begin at 8.10pm. An undercard of four amateur contests will kick off at 6.30pm (subject to change).

The six-bout main card starts at 9pm local time (6pm GMT, 2pm ET, 11am PT), following two Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 8.10pm local time (5.10pm GMT, 1.10pm ET, 10.10am PT).

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Pinnacle FC 6!

To Be Streamed Via iPPV

Pinnacle Fighting Championships returns to Pittsburgh on March 29, 2014 with its biggest show to date, Pittsburgh Challenge Series 6. And for the first time in organizational history, the event will be available via Internet Pay-Per-View. The event will be broadcast on StandThemUp.org for a price of $14.99.

The blockbuster mixed martial arts card is set to be headlined by a bout between top featherweight prospects Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico and Brady “The Alpha Male” Hovermale. The fight card also features four other professional bouts and seven amateur bouts, including three title bouts.

Fighting once again in his hometown, Cherico (5-0 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) looks to keep his overall unbeaten record of 14-0 intact. Coming off of back-to-back wins over UFC veteran Donny Walker and Strikeforce veteran Billy Vaughan in PFC action, the Fight Club Pittsburgh leader has his eyes firmly set on the UFC. Along with training at his home base for this fight, Cherico has branched out to train at various American Top Team locations in Florida, stemming from his relationship with manager and UFC veteran Charles McCarthy.

Hovermale (9-3 / fighting out of Upland, IN) will be Cherico’s toughest test to date. Riding a four-fight winning streak, he has finished all nine of his victories without the need of the judges. The 22-year-old is no stranger to facing top competition, and he has been training in California for this bout at the famed Team Alpha Male camp that has produced many top UFC fighters, including Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, and more.

In the night’s co-main event, Joey “The Hitman” Holt (3-1 / fighting out of E. Liverpool, OH) returns looking to bounce back from his first career loss to Julian Lane at PinnacleFC 5 in November. The Bellator MMA veteran will take on fellow Bellator MMA veteran Rob Hanna (3-0 / fighting out Dayton, OH) in a lightweight battle. Both fighters picked up victories under the Bellator banner, as Holt knocked out Clint Musser with a flying knee at Bellator 51, and Hanna earned a decision victory over Rocky Edwards at Bellator 78.

At 145 pounds, Fight Club Pittsburgh product Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (4-2 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) looks to extend his three-fight winning streak when he faces unbeaten Michigan native Jacob Butler (2-1 / fighting out of Baldwin, MI). Both fighters have proved to have massive firepower and will look for the knockout finish.

A pair of fast-rising featherweights will square off in a highly anticipated bout, as Mad Dog Gym’s Francis Healy (2-1 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) will take on the ultra-hot Chris “Kid Dynamite” Dunn (7-3 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH). Dunn is riding a five-fight winning streak with five stoppages since losing to Cherico at the inaugural PinnacleFC event in December 2012. Healy is also coming off of a win, as he stopped Jeff Smith with an armbar in the first round in the best performance of his career in December.

And in the night’s final professional bout, New York product Phil Parrish (2-1 / fighting out of Corning, New York) will take on Mike “Too Pretty” Putnam (1-0 / fighting out of State College, PA) in a lightweight bout. Both fighters put on perhaps their career-best performances in their last outings in the PinnacleFC cage. Parrish upset Jake Schilling with a first-round knockout at PinnacleFC 3, while Putnam was successful in his pro debut with a victory over Josh Hilliard at PinnacleFC 4.

In amateur action, three titles will be on the line: Featherweight champion Rich Cantolina (10-6) will defend against top Ohio prospect Jerrell Hodge (10-1), Lightweight champion Eric Bledsoe (4-0) will defend against Fadi Shuman (4-1), and Bantamweight champion Davey Crockett (6-1) will defend against Darnell Pettis (7-3).

The event and live stream will be produced by E2A productions, with executive producer Michael Moran running the show. Moran has produced many of the top local MMA organizations, and his work has been seen on GoFightLive.tv, Comcast, and more. In-cage announcer George Phillips will be the night’s emcee, while veteran broadcaster Ryan Cavanaugh will call the in-fight play-by-play action. Cavanaugh will be joined in the broadcast booth by veteran MMA writer David McKinney and professional fighter and PinnacleFC veteran Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski.

Tickets for PinnacleFC 6 start at just $35 and are available now at www.cagetix.com. Pittsburgh Challenge Series 6 takes place at the Greentree Sportsplex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 29. For more information, visit www.pinnaclefightingchampionships.com.

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Shinobi War II!

Adds Light Heavyweight Bout

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to announce the addition of Light-Heavyweight bout to Shinobi War II. The bout will feature Saul Buivy vs Piotr Chyska.

Saul Buivy fights out of Team Sweeney MMA and will be making his debut at Shinobi War II. Saul has been training for a few years at Team Sweeney so we can expect him to have a very strong wrestling game.

Piotr is currently 1-0 and trains out of Beyond Black Belt. He made his debut at Shinobi War I were he dominated the grappling exchanges on route to a unanimous decision victory.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “I am looking forward to seeing how this fight unfolds. On paper these guys are evenly matched. We saw how strong Piotr’s ground game was at the first Shinobi War and Saul is training under some of the best wrestling coaches. This makes for an intriguing match-up.”

Shinobi War II will take place on Saturday 31st May 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, North Wales.

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Grapplers Quest!

Returns March 29 To New York

Grapplers Quest's "Beast of the East" returns Saturday, March 29 at Queens College in Fitzgerald Gymnasium, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, in Flushing, New York. This is the 10th anniversary of "The Beast of the East," the Official East Coast Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.

A total of 230 East Coast titles will be on the line in No-Gi Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling for All Ages and Skill Levels; Championship belts for Men's and Women's Advanced No-Gi Division Champions and Double Gold Winners in Youth Divisions. Fighters may register online before Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 11:59 p/m ET will receive a Free T-shirt, save $21 off at-the-door pricing, plus get a Free Seminar with Ultimate Fighter, Season 7 and veteran Bellator fighter, Dante Rivera (Ricardo Almeida Black Belt), on Saturday, Mar. 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

All discount offers end Wednesday, so don't delay - Fighters Pre-Register and Save now at: http://bit.ly/Beast2014Fighter

Spectators can Purchase Advanced Will-Call Discount Tickets here: http://bit.ly/BeastTIckets2014

Two Grand Prizes to UFC Fan Expo Announced for Mar. 29 Champions!

TWO WINNERS on Mar. 29 at Grapplers Quest's "Beast of the East," the Men's and Women's No-Gi Advanced Absolute Division Champions, will win a trip to Las Vegas for UFC Fan Expo 2014 on Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners will receive $250 towards airfare, 3 nights hotel plus all Registration Fees covered for Grapplers Quest at UFC Fan Expo to compete. Division is open to all challengers on Mar. 29 for the prestigious Grand Prizes - Register now at: http://bit.ly/Beast2014Fighter

The Professional 4-Man Tournament is 100-percent Submission Only No-Gi Submission Grappling for Grapplers Quest's "Beast of the East," starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, and featuring Rustam Chsiev (K-Dojo, ADCC Veteran and Grapplers Quest Champion), vs. Dante Rivera (Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator) and Todd "Black Dynamite" Mueckenheim (UFC Gym Head Instructor) vs.Nolan Dutcher (Black and Blue MMA, Black Belt under Justin Garcia).

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Shinobi War II!

May 31st

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to officially announce that it will return on Saturday 31st May 2014 with Shinobi War II. The event will be held at the 1,200 capacity Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, North Wales.

After an extremely successful debut show in November 2013; the promotion is looking to build on that success and has promised exceed all expectations with the second Shinobi War.

Ste Passey (Shinobi MMA FC Matchmaker) said, “What we accomplished in our debut show was unprecedented in amateur MMA. We certainly set the bar high. Now the challenge it to go one step further and push the boundaries. We are coming back with a monstrous card for Shinobi War II that you will not want to miss!”

If you missed Shinobi War I or you would like to relive that memorable night then all of the fights can be found on their website:

www.shinobimmafightingchampionships.com

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships aims to provide a quality all amateur MMA event that showcases the best amateurs from across the region. The promotion endeavours to look after each and every fighter by providing an experience that is on par (if not better) than most professional UKMMA shows. Furthermore, no expense is spared on the set-up and production and the cage is custom built. Once again Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships will offering the best amateur bonus package in UKMMA today.

All of the bouts for Shinobi War II will be fought under the Unified Amateur Rules with each bout consisting of 3 x 3 minute rounds.

Details of the fight card will be announced in due course.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors 66

Welterweight title: Sergei Churilov (169.2lbs) vs. Nicolas Dalby (168.8lbs)

Welterweight: Bruno Carvalho (170.8lbs) vs. Mohsen Bahari (170.1lbs)

Lightweight: John Maguire (155.8lbs) vs. Damir Hadzovic (155.3lbs)

Bantamweight: Toni Tauru (135.4lbs) vs. Martin Akhtar (135lbs)

Middleweight: Enoc Solves Torres (185.4lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (185.5lbs)

Featherweight: Robbie Olivier (146lbs) vs. Martin Svensson (145.6lbs)

Welterweight: Jussi Halonen (170.1lbs) vs. Frodi Vitalis Hansen (170.6lbs)

Welterweight: Per Franklin (169.5lbs) vs. Haakon Foss (170lbs)

Bantamweight: Emma Delaney (138.5lbs)* vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg (134.9lbs)

Lightweight: Rioo Ibrahim (154.5lbs) vs. Alexander Jacobsen (153.9lbs)

Bantamweight: Binh Son Le (133.5lbs) vs. Shamal Tashkilot (136lbs)

Featherweight: Haci Firat Dogan (145.1lbs) vs. Mathias Lodahl (145.9lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 40 percent of purse to opponent

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Cage Warriors 69!

Copenhagen

The CWFC lightweight world title will be at stake when Curt Warburton (13-4) and Stevie Ray (14-5) clash at Cage Warriors 69 at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

CWFC officials can confirm that previous champion Ivan Buchinger has been released from his contract with the promotion, leaving a vacancy at the summit of the 155lbs division.

The bout will mark the second time that Warburton and Ray will have met, with their previous encounter - which took place in March, 2013 - ending in a unanimous-decision triumph for Warburton.

“I can’t wait to be stepping back into that cage, with the opportunity of walking back out as the new Cage Warriors champion,” said Warburton, a native of Newcastle, England.

Warburton signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 courtesy of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

The 33-year-old has put together a 6-1 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Ray, on the other hand, will be looking to regain the belt he relinquished to Ivan Buchinger after their epic encounter in the main event at CWFC 63 in Dublin last New Year’s Eve.

The 23-year-old Scotsman had been crowned champion back in October after emerging victorious from the four-man CWFC lightweight title tournament thanks to wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter at CWFC 60.

Ray said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the win column, avenging my loss to Curt and getting my title back in London where I won it last October.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Buchinger and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have parted company as a result of the fighter’s refusal to honour the terms of his contract, as explained by Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Despite having competed for us on six occasions, Ivan claimed that he didn’t understand his contract and decided that he no longer wanted to fight for us under the terms that he had agreed. But it’s company policy not to be held to ransom by any fighter, so we were happy to let him go,” said Boylan.

“We have an incredibly stacked lightweight division, as evidenced by the meeting of Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray for the belt on June 7, so losing one fighter from that division is merely a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, I thank Ivan for his contribution and wish him the best for his future.”

Tickets for CWFC 69, featuring Curt Warburton versus Stevie Ray for the CWFC lightweight world title, will go on sale shortly.

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Mulhern V Lanier!

No-Gi Sub-Only Super Fight

New Mexico Combat Sports Fan’s asked for it, and most thought it would never happen, but it’s happening March 29th 2014 at “Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock” event. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black-Belts Quinn Mulhern (Gracie Barra-NM) and Josh Lanier (Hybrid Jiu-Jitsu) will compete in New Mexico’s first ever No-Gi Super-fight brought to you by Combat Sports Club inside the Triple A MMA Cage! Mulhern, who recently announced his retirement from MMA/UFC action, looks to keep his competitive juices flowing by taking on fellow BJJ player Josh Lanier in a winner take all, submission only bout. Lanier, who also recently retired from MMA/Bellator action, will look to cement his grappling skills within the New Mexico Combat Sports community by playing Jiu-Jitsu with the Gracie-Barra NM Professor.

“Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock," presented by Orthrus Promotions, is the third combat sports event of 2014, with more to be announced very soon!

*Tickets are $20 for GA, $30, $40 and $50. All seats are reserved and available to purchase now online, www.TripleAMMA.com, or by calling 505-508-0876.

*Additional fees may apply.

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World Series Of Fighting 9!

Conference Call Highlights

World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call on Tuesday with "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares" headliners Steve Carl and Rousimar Palhares, as well as main-card competitors Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse, Josh Burkman and Tyler Stinson. Joining the fighters on the call was WSOF President Ray Sefo and WSOF Executive Vice President Ali Abdelaziz.

"World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," takes place March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT local time).

The following are highlights from the conference call:

RAY SEFO:

On the possibility of Nick Newell fighting for a world title:

"You know Nick has been making a lot of noise about fighting for the title and I do think he deserves a shot at fighting for that title. Ali and I have spoken about it but there is still not 100 percent confirmation on when that would happen. But without a doubt Nick Newell is definitely in line for that title shot. The kid has proven himself time and time again. He's an amazing fighter and a huge inspiration to many. I think it's about time we stepped up and gave him that opportunity."

ALI ABDELAZIZ:

"This is best fight card we've ever put together and the best fight card of the year. You don't know what's going to happen I don't know what's going to happen in the main event. Next week we are going to make a big announcement that is really going to change the face of MMA. It's going to be big news and exciting for the fans. Everyone knows the UFC is No. 1 and we are competing against ourselves every day to be No. 1. There will be separation between the UFC and us and then there will be everyone else.

"I knew Marlon (Moraes) before World Series of Fighting. I believe that Marlon is the best 135-pounder in the world. I believe he can beat anyone in any organization. I believe he has grown and is so talented. He can wrestle with ground game. He's one of the best strikers in the sport. The sky is the limit for him. On the other hand, Josh Rettinghouse has fought an Olympic bronze medalist (Alexis Vila) and he out-wrestled him. I believe this fight is so competitive and I believe a lot of people are overlooking Josh. I believe this is going to be the best fight of the night."

STEVE CARL:

"This is an amazingly stacked card. Not even as a competitor but even as a fan I'm ready to watch this and compete. I can't wait for next weekend. It's going to be a blast.

"(Rousimar) is definitely a very talented fighter and deserves to keep fighting. I don't know if giving him a title shot right away was really deserving. But at the same time all the controversy surrounding him really does put him in a perfect spot to be in a title spot because there will be so many people tuning into this fight. Whereas if he was just fighting a regular fight on this main card there wouldn't be as big a buzz. But now that he's back in it for a title shot the whole world is watching."

Q: What is your plan if Palhares is immediately going to your legs in this fight?

"Quite simply if he wants it to turn it into a leg-lock war my goal is to simply keep it a fight and that's about it. Wherever this fight goes he has the ability to go to the leg-lock from wherever. I need to stay aware to where my legs are in comparison to his body and I need to keep this to a fight instead of getting deep into a leg-lock where I'm no longer able to fight but rather just have to defend myself."

ROUSIMAR PALHARES:

"I am excited for this opportunity and we will make an exciting fight on Saturday night. I am so grateful to the WSOF for this opportunity."

MARLON MORAES:

"I'm happy with the opportunity and that they gave Josh the chance now. It's time to show everybody what I've been working on and to be the best. I can't wait."

Q: How is the transition been from Muay Thai to full-cage fighting?

"It was hard. I had a hard time finding myself inside the cage because it's a different sport. But as I moved to the United States I started to train with different guys with different styles of fighting like wrestlers and Jiu Jitsu. My trainers are showing me the things I need to use in MMA fights."

JOSH RETTINGHOUSE:

"Marlon's a great fighter and I'm a big fan of his. I honestly didn't expect this opportunity but of course I'm going to jump all over it. I think it will be really exciting and you'll have to tune in."

JOSH BURKMAN:

"I'm excited to get back in there. I didn't have a great performance last time out. So I've just gone back and looked at a lot of things I was doing, including fight week. And I believe I've fixed a lot of those things. I think I was really comfortable going into the fight with Steve Carl. I think the biggest problem I had with my winning streak was that it made me a little complacent in where I was and what I was doing. When you lose it creates that frustration and that adversity and makes you question things to get better. And I think that's all that fight did was make me better at my training and a little more disciplined. And I think it will make for the best performance of my career going forward and starting with this fight."

TYLER STINSON:

"You saved the best for last. I'm just so excited to get back in there and ready to show Ray and Ali that I'm capable of fighting world-class fighters and Burkman is just that. He's not on the conference call yet. I don't if he's just too Hollywood or if he's just scared to talk to me, but I'm going to go out there and do what I do and knock his lights out."

NBCSN-TELEVISED MAIN CARD

Champion Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares - for welterweight title

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse - for inaugural bantamweight title

Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov

Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson

Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez

WSOF.COM-STREAMED PRELIMINARY CARD

Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten

Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson

Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen

Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis

Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarios

Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales

Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

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Win A $10,000 Ducati Monster Street Bike!

Download & Play In WSOF/Shout TV Game

On March 29, when World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares headline World Series of Fighting 9, live on NBCSN, fans will find out who is the better fighter, but who is the smartest World Series of Fighting fan? For the first time ever, that question will be answered when fans participate in SHOUT TV's "Champions Challenge" game.

The stakes are high as the fan that racks up the most points will win a new Ducati Monster street bike valued at nearly $10,000.

While stars such as Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse, Yushin Okami, Josh Burkman and Tyler Stinson compete in the cage, fans watching the event live at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel or on television at home can collide "mano y mano" in a battle of wits for cash, prizes and a Ducati 696 motorcycle.

The popular "Champions Challenge" game allows fans to intellectually spar against one another during this and other live events by trying to predict the outcomes of certain scenarios such as, "Which fighter will land the most leg kicks?" or "Which fighter will win?"

The challenge will be played during the World Series of Fighting 9, 10 and 11 live events thanks to a recent partnership between the skyrocketing Las Vegas-based pro fight league and SHOUT TV, the leader in real-time fan engagement.

"After the fights, somebody's riding home on a brand new Ducati," said SHOUT TV CEO Darl McBride. "SHOUT is partnering with World Series of Fighting to bring a new twist to cagefighting. Instead of just wondering which fighter will win, fans will be asking themselves 'How big of a prize can I win tonight?' Why just be a fan or a spectator when you could be a player or a participant? Think of it as a series of intellectual cage matches for fans.

"We think SHOUT and World Series of Fighting are very synergistic. Why should fighters be the only winners? Why can't the fans win, too?"

"SHOUT TV is the leader at engaging and entertaining sports fans in trivia and one-on-one competitions, so they're a great fit for World Series of Fighting and our fast-growing international expansion," said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. "MMA fans are the most rabid and loyal fans in the world, and this free application offers one more tool for fans to interact and win valuable prizes while watching our world-class athletes fight during live broadcasts."

SHOUT TV's real-time challenges have engaged and entertained fans competing against each other during the Super Bowl, soccer, NFL, NBA and MLB games, as well as the Daytona 500, Oscars, Grammys and reality shows like "The Bachelor."

Signing up and competing in the SHOUT fan competitions is free and fast. SHOUT can be downloaded by visiting the Apple, iPhone or Android stores (using search word: "Shout"). SHOUT can also be downloaded from this link: http://www.shout2win.com. Prizes awarded to fan winners during the WSOF events will range from gift cards to Amazon or Starbucks ($5 up to $25) to iPads and Xboxes, all the way up to the Ducati Monster.

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Warburton V Ray!

CWFC 69

The CWFC lightweight world title will be at stake when Curt Warburton (13-4) and Stevie Ray (14-5) clash at Cage Warriors 69 at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

CWFC officials can confirm that previous champion Ivan Buchinger has been released from his contract with the promotion, leaving a vacancy at the summit of the 155lbs division.

The bout will mark the second time that Warburton and Ray will have met, with their previous encounter - which took place in March, 2013 - ending in a unanimous-decision triumph for Warburton.

“I can’t wait to be stepping back into that cage, with the opportunity of walking back out as the new Cage Warriors champion,” said Warburton, a native of Newcastle, England.

Warburton signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 courtesy of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

The 33-year-old has put together a 6-1 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Ray, on the other hand, will be looking to regain the belt he relinquished to Ivan Buchinger after their epic encounter in the main event at CWFC 63 in Dublin last New Year’s Eve.

The 23-year-old Scotsman had been crowned champion back in October after emerging victorious from the four-man CWFC lightweight title tournament thanks to wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter at CWFC 60.

Ray said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the win column, avenging my loss to Curt and getting my title back in London where I won it last October.”

Meanwhile, Ivan Buchinger and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship have parted company as a result of the fighter’s refusal to honour the terms of his contract, as explained by Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“Despite having competed for us on six occasions, Ivan claimed that he didn’t understand his contract and decided that he no longer wanted to fight for us under the terms that he had agreed. But it’s company policy not to be held to ransom by any fighter, so we were happy to let him go,” said Boylan.

“We have an incredibly stacked lightweight division, as evidenced by the meeting of Curt Warburton and Stevie Ray for the belt on June 7, so losing one fighter from that division is merely a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, I thank Ivan for his contribution and wish him the best for his future.”

Tickets for CWFC 69, featuring Curt Warburton versus Stevie Ray for the CWFC lightweight world title, will go on sale shortly.

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Roberts V Wallhead!

CWFC 68

A huge welterweight match-up has been set for the main event at Cage Warriors 68.

Danny Roberts and Jimmy Wallhead will collide in the headliner when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Also confirmed for the CWFC 68 bill is a middleweight bout between Che Mills and Leeroy Barnes, in addition to another big welterweight contest between Matt Inman and Mauro Chimento.

But in the evening’s main attraction, Danny Roberts (10-1) will be hoping for his sixth consecutive CWFC victory as he aims to strengthen his claims for a shot at the CWFC welterweight crown, which is up for grabs this weekend at CWFC 66 in Copenhagen.

Roberts, who’ll be fighting in his hometown of Liverpool, has climbed into the top-five in the UK rankings courtesy of impressive wins over Jack Mason, Diego Gonzalez, Henry Fadipe and Juan Manuel Suarez.

With all but two of his wins coming inside the distance, 26-year-old Roberts says fans can expect fireworks when he takes on Wallhead in what will surely be the biggest test of his career to date.

He said: “Fighting in front of my friends, family and fans in my adopted hometown again for a top organisation is going to be special, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Jimmy Wallhead into one of the toughest welterweight divisions in the world.

“He is a very well-respected fighter and is one of the biggest names in the sport in the UK. This is going to be one that people won’t want to miss.”

Wallhead (25-8), who turned 30 last week, recently signed to fight exclusively for Cage Warriors, having previously competed for the promotion on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter.

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

“I’m really excited to be back on Cage Warriors and I’m especially pleased to be fighting in Liverpool on May 3,” said Wallhead.

“The opponent is irrelevant to me as all fights at this level are tough, but I’m really motivated by the prospect of beating him in his hometown. I expect a war, which is great for the fans and great for me, as I just love fighting.”

Meanwhile, having impressively disposed of Gregor Weibel at CWFC 64 last month, Matt Inman (13-5) will also be keen to stay in the CWFC welterweight title hunt when he goes in search of a fifth straight win, with Brazilian star Mauro Chimento (15-10) providing the opposition as he returns to Cage Warriors after a lengthy lay-off due to illness.

Elsewhere, after both fighters endured a disappointing 2013, Che Mills (15-7-2nc) and Leeroy Barnes (12-13-1nc) will be looking to return to winning ways when they clash in a middleweight bout.

Cage Warriors 68, for which many more bouts are still to be announced, will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Felix Knocks Out Fickett!

Johnston Captures Vacant Heavyweight Title

Nobody saw the kick coming. Especially Drew Fickett.

Facing the toughest test of his career, Providence’s Luis Felix delivered what might be the Knockout of the Year Friday, knocking Fickett unconscious with a rear leg kick to the neck in the opening round of their main event bout at “CES MMA XXII” at Twin River Casino.

The 34-year-old Fickett (42-21) entered Friday’s main event with 62 fights under his belt, including seven with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), but Felix (11-7, 4 KOs) has a knack for rising to the occasion and he did so again Friday with his sixth win in seven fights and his third against a former UFC vet.

The end came rather unexpectedly at the 2-minute, 29-second mark of the opening round. With the two lightweights standing toe-to-toe, Felix feigned a left hook and as Fickett momentarily dropped his right hand, Felix unloaded with a left kick that struck Fickett just below the right ear. Fickett crashed to the canvas and referee Kevin MacDonald immediately stopped the bout.

Since a loss to Joe DeChaves in 2010, Felix has beaten UFC vets Joe Proctor and Marc Stevens and regional prospect Lucas Cruz. Friday’s win over Fickett was the biggest of his career, another example of Felix fighting his best on the sport’s biggest stage.

In the co-feature, Reading, Mass., veteran John Johnston (6-0, 6 KOs) kept his perfect record intact and captured the vacant CES MMA heavyweight title with a first-round TKO win over former UFC vet Josh Hendricks (19-10) in a scheduled five-round bout.

Johnston appeared to be in trouble early when Hendricks opened up a nasty cut under his left eye, but Johnston persevered and continued to press despite Hendricks’ dominance on the ground. Midway through the round, Hendricks attempted an armbar, but Johnston rose from the mat and reversed the hold to pass half guard. From there, he unloaded with a series and right and lefts while his own blooded dripped onto Hendricks’ face. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout at the 4:36 mark, awarding Johnston his second victory of the year.

East Bridgewater, Mass., welterweight Chuck O’Neil (13-6) won his second consecutive bout, defeating the tough Roger Carroll (13-11) of Conover, N.C., by unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, and Plymouth, Mass., middleweight Chip Moraza-Pollard (8-6), moving up from 170 pounds, earned a critical win by beating former UFC vet Tom Egan (7-5) unanimously, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.

Lightweight Andres Jeudi (6-2) of Brockton, Mass., snapped a two-fight losing streak with a decisive 30-27 win on all three scorecards against Brendan Rooney (5-2) of Milford, Conn., while Marshfield, Mass., bantamweight Brendan Fleming earned a hard-fought win over Baltimore’s Robert Sullivan (3-1) by identical scores of 29-28.

Rivaling Felix’s tremendous stoppage, featherweight Charles Rosa (7-0) remained unbeaten Friday, overcoming a separated right shoulder to submit eight-time Bellator veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (9-10) by armbar at the 3:25 mark of the opening round. Van Artsdalen dominated the first half of the round with two big takedowns, but Rosa, fighting through the pain, finally locked in the belly-down armbar on his third attempt to finish the fight.

In his first fight in more than three years, Fall River, Mass., featherweight Josh LaBerge (9-4, 4 KOs) made quick work of Philadelphia’s Steve McCabe (6-15), scoring the knockout win 37 seconds into the opening round courtesy of a series of knees to the chin. Winthrop, Mass., featherweight Kyle Bochniak (2-0, 1 KO) won his second pro fight, stopping Philadelphia’s Marius Enache (1-3) at the 1:14 mark of the second round due to a series of unanswered strikes. The onslaught began with a right cross on the chin that sent Enache to the canvas and Bochniak followed with a quick flurry of rights and lefts that forced MacDonald to stop the bout.

Tommy Venticinque (1-1) of West Warwick, R.I., bounced back from a loss in his pro debut and submitted newcomer Rick Rivera (0-1) of Springfield, Mass., at the 3:43 mark of the opening round via rear-naked choke.

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Puetz Upsets Nemkov!

M-1 Challenge 46 Results

German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-3-0) captured the M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title tonight, upsetting defending champion Viktor Nemkov (19-5-0) by split decision in a highly entertaining and competitive M-1 Challenge 46 main event, at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Puetz came on strong in the second-half of the fight, overcoming a serious cut over his left eye from an uppercut, to survive a battle of attrition with Nemkov. The 6' 6", 26-year-old from Munich had already won the titles of all three major German MMA organizations.

Nemkov has trained with legendary Fedor Emelianenko, who was seated at ringside, in Staryi Oskol since he was a youngster. He had won the M-1 Challenge 205-pound title in his last fight against Vasily Babich (SUB2 - arm-bar).

Nemkov caught Puetz with a sharp three-punch combination early in the opening round and moved for a takedown. Puetz attempted to stand-up, using the cage, but Nemkov put him back into the guard position. Puetz escaped a deep guillotine, triangle and arm-bar and another guillotine by Nemkov. The German came out attacking in the second round but he's taken down by Nemkov, who landed a few punches and looked for a submission. The fighters were back on their feet and Puetz ended the round with a takedown.

In the third round, Puetz came out clinching and using his knees, following with a move to take the back of Nemkov, who seeps to the top of guard. Puetz started to take control of the fight at this point against a tiring Nemkov. Puetz came out aggressive for the fourth round as Nemkov counter punches, but the aforementioned cut is opened on Puetz' eyebrow. After a short break in which the cageside doctor examined Puetz' cut, the action got fast and furious with Puetz having a decisive edge in the action.

The fight came down to the fifth and final round. The German closed the show strong, taking Nemkov down and unleashing a flurry of effective strikes. The fight was nearly stopped but Nemkov survived only to lose a split decision and his M-1 Challenge title.

In the co-feature, Konstantin "Lacplesis" Gluhov (27-14-0), of Latvia, and American heavyweight Kenny "Deuce" Garner (12-6-0) exchanged bombs through their action-packed rematch of a year ago, in which Gluhov won a controversial decision. The Latvian connected on powerful strikes and numerous leg kicks in the first-half of the opening round but Garner somehow managed to takedown his opponent. Gluhov got to his feet but was taken down again and the American used his ground-and-pound attack to his advantage in a fairly even first round. Garner took the second round, landing strong strikes from a distance and then had a successful takedown. A poke in the eye couldn't deter Garner in the third round. He threw some effective punches but Glukhov connected on several well-placed counters. The two warriors traded bombs right to the end as Gluhov won a unanimous but close three-round decision in an real fight.

Russian middleweight Anatoly Tokov (12-1-0) became the M-1 Global No. 1 rated middleweight contender by destroying Albert Duraev (4-3-0), knocking his countryman out cold in the first-round off a side mount.

Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0) kept his perfect record intact, punching his way to a first-round victory by submission against Brazilian Clayton Santos (0-1-0) in his pro debut. Santo started out by landing a couple of leg-kicks, then pulling guard with Vitruk working from the top. Santos, who after the fight was in great pain with a possible broken hand, was trapped in the corner and Vitruk kept punching until Santos tapped out.

Veteran lightweight Artiom Damkovsky (16-0-0), of Belarus, won a three-round unanimous decision over Russian Zulfikar Usmanov (5-3-0). The two dangerous strikers went toe-to-toe with Damkovsy winning round one. He came out strong for the second, using hard leg-kicks to control the action. Usmanov tried to attack his tired opponent but it was a case of too little, too late.

Russian welterweight Magomed Mustafaev (9-1-0) forced Andrei Koshkin (3-3-0) to tap out due to a heel-hook. The two skilled fighters went back and forth in an exciting opening round, going for submissions with great seeps, escapes and reverses. In the second, Koshkin takes top position but got caught in a heel-hook and tapped out as he grimaced in pain.

Azerbaijan heavyweight Zaur Hadjibabaev (1-0-0) won his pro debut when Yuriy Dobko (0-1-0), of Belarus, suffered a dislocated shoulder throwing a punch only 46-seconds into the opening round and was unable to continue.

Promising featherweight Tural Ragimov (8-1-0) turned in an impressive performance, punching out a game Aliyar Sarkerov (6-3-0) for a win by second round knockout. The two Russian fighters went for unsuccessful submissions by heel-hooks in the first round but Ragimov's ground-and-pound game was the difference. Ragimov picked up the action in the second, displaying strong strikes and sprawls and ending the fight with a barrage of punches from the top position.

Nickita "Piranha" Chistyakov (1-1-0) won his first pro fight by submission (rear naked choke) against pro-debuting Shamil Radzhabov (0-1-0) in a battle of young Russian heavyweights. Radzhabov had a slight advantage in round one but in the second, Chistyakov landed several good punches, took a side-mount position on the ground. He followed his coach's instructions, working elbows and knees to Radzhanov's body. "Piranha" used his momentum to get his opponent's back, ending the fight on a very deep rear-naked choke.

Ukrainian heavyweight Evgeni Gurayanov (6-1-0) stopped pro-debuting Russian Kurban Ibragimov (0-1-0) by way of punches in the second round. Neither fighter wanted to go to the mat. Guryanov took the opening round because of his kicking and counter punching. Guryanov took the mount early in the second, blasting away with a series of punches, then took his back and continued landing powerful punches. Ibragimov didn't answer the referee's call and the fight was halted.

Up Next: M-1 Challenge 47 will be held April 4, 2-014 in Orenburg, Russia. M-1 Global middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (11-2-0), of Russian, will defend his title in the main event against Russian challenger Andrei "White Shark" Semenov (34-9-0).

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One Maguire Replaces Another!

CWFC 66

An injury to Tommy Maguire has forced a late change to next weekend’s Cage Warriors 66 card in Copenhagen, Denmark.

His opponent, Damir Hadzovic, will still clash with Maguire at the Ballerup Super Arena on Saturday, March 22, but instead it will be Tommy’s older brother John in the opposite corner.

Tommy, 26, was forced out of the lightweight bout yesterday after sustaining an injury, so 30-year-old John has stepped in to replace him on short notice, opting to fight just 21 days after his last outing.

John Maguire (19-7), a five-fight UFC veteran, was edged out by Saul Rogers via unanimous decision in the main event at CWFC 65 in Dublin on March 1.

He said: “I’m a fighter and, as a fighter, I’m always ready to step in, accept a challenge and compete.”

Maguire has been stopped just once in his 26 professional bouts to date, while Hadzovic (7-2) has taken all but one of his victories inside the distance, with his two losses coming at the hands of current undefeated UFC pair Krzysztof Jotko and Andreas Stahl.

Damir Hadzovic and John Maguire will clash in a 155lbs bout on the main card at Cage Warriors 66, CWFC’s first event in Scandinavia, a week tomorrow.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

FROM TWIN RIVER

Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “CES MMA XXII,” live mixed martial arts scheduled for Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.

LUIS FELIX 156 V DREW FICKETT 155

JOHN JOHNSTON 258 V JOSH HENDRICKS 259

CHARLES ROSA 170 V ROGER CARROLL 170

CHIP MORAZA-POLLARD 185 V THOMAS EGAN 184

BRENDAN ROONEY 156 V ANDRES JEUDI 155 ½

ROBERT SULLIVAN 139 ½ V BRENDAN FLEMING 141

STEVE MCCABE 150 V JOSH LABERGE 151

MARIUS ENACHE 154 V KYLE BOCHNIAK 150

TOMMY VENTICINQUE 170 V RICK RIVERA 169 ½

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Cage Warriors 67!

Fight Card Update

The event, set to be hosted by The LC in Swansea, takes place on Saturday, April 12, and will be headlined by a CWFC bantamweight title bout between James Brum and defending champion Brett Johns.

McDonough (11-4), who went 3-0 under the CWFC banner as a bantamweight, will face Shaj Haque (4-1) in his first bout in the 125lbs division, with Haque looking to rebound from his first career loss at the hands of Paul Marin last October.

Also added to the CWFC 67 bill is a lightweight tussle between Sean Carter (8-1) and Wesley Murch (13-7), along with seven other bouts.

Check out the updated CWFC 67 card below:

Brett Johns (c) vs. James Brum - CWFC bantamweight title bout

Sean Carter vs. Wesley Murch

Shaj Haque vs. Martin McDonough

Piotr Ptasinski vs. Charlie Watts

Gemma Hewitt vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz

Rikki Fortuna vs. Mario Saeed

Kris Edwards vs. Phil Raeburn

Toby Meech vs. Paul Rogers

Simas Norkus vs. Stu Tyrie

Monica Gaitan vs. Kate Jackson

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Nicolas Dalby!

Hoping To Continue His Meteoric Rise

Those outside of the European MMA scene may not be familiar with the name Nicolas ‘Sharpshooter’ Dalby, but that’s all set to change on Saturday, March 22, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena in Denmark for CWFC 66.

Headlining the event is a welterweight title tussle between hometown favourite Dalby (11-0) and Ukraine’s Sergei Churilov (15-1) for the vacant CWFC welterweight title. Win or lose, the Dane is looking to put on an entertaining fight for the fans in the arena and the viewers at home.

Unbeaten in all 11 of his professional bouts to date, Dalby is the model image of a modern-day mixed martial artist, with as many wins by KO as submission.

“I feel like a truly all-round MMA fighter; I can box, kick, I can do some wrestling and BJJ,” Dalby says, although he’s certainly not averse to scoring a highlight-reel finish. “Of course it’s always the most exciting to win by way of a spectacular KO, but if I see a submission I’ll absolutely go for it.”

Citing Chuck Liddell as an early MMA hero, and Mark Hunt as someone who has “the ability to bring out the pure fan in me again,” Dalby has his inspirations, but he doesn’t directly attribute his own skill-set to anyone in particular.

“I try to pick out the stuff that I feel will work for me instead of blindly having one special fighter as a kind of ‘god’. Now I look at all MMA fighters in a more cynical way because I’m always trying to analyse what they’re doing right or wrong in fights.”

Starting out in karate, initially as a way to deal with bullies, Dalby eventually made the move into MMA in order “to try something more challenging”. From there on, his progression to the top of the European circuit was positively meteoric.

“Fast, is how I would sum it up,” he says. “I had my first professional fight in March 2010 and, more or less three years after, I won my tenth fight, which was a first for any Danish MMA fighter.

“I also broke the record for the fastest KO in Scandinavia, with a six-second fight, so it’s been an intense ride.”

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

M-1 Challenge 46

The official weigh-in for tomorrow's "M-1 Challenge 46" at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia was held today and all fighters made weight without any problems.

M-1 Global light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov defends his title against German challenger Stephan Puetz in the main event. In the co-feature, heavyweights Konstantin Gluhov and Kenny Garner in a much anticipated rematch.

Viewers may watch the action live for FREE at www.m-1global.tv (Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. / 8 a.m. PT in U.S.A.). "M-1 Challenge 46" is also airing live On Russia 2 throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels

VIKTOR NEMKOV (19-4-0), Champion, Russia 204 ¾ LBS V STEPHAN PUETZ (8-3-0), Challenger, Germany 205 LBS

KONSTANTIN GLUHOV (26-14-0, Latvia 252 LBS V KENNY GARNER (12-5-0), USA 260 LBS.

ANATOLY TOKOV (11-1-0), Russia 185 LBS V ALBERT DURAEV (4-2-0), Russia 184 ¾ LBS.

PAVEL VITRUK (10-0-0), Ukraine 145 LBS V ANDERSON CLAYTON DOS SANTOS (1-1-0), Brazil 145 LBS.

ZULFIKAR USMANOV (5-2-0), Russia 157 ½ LBS V ARTIOM DAMKOVSKY (15-9-0, Belarus 159 LBS.

ANDREI KOSHKIN (3-2-0), Russian 169 ¾ LBS V MAGMOED MUSTAFAEV (8-1-0, Russia 170 LBS.

YURIY DOBKO (1-3-0), Belarus 252 ¼ LBS V ZAUR HADJIBABAEV (pro debut), Azerbaijan 250 ¼ LBS.

TURAL RAGIMOV (7-1-0), Russia 144 LBS V ALIYAR SARKEROV (12-4-0), Russia 143 ¼ LBS.

NIKITA "Piranha" CHISTAYAKOV (0-1-0), Russia 145 LBS V SHAMIL RADZHABOV (pro debut), Russia 145 LBS.

KURBAN IBRAGIMOV (pro debut), Russia 233 3/4 LBS V EVGENI GURYANOV (pro debut), Ukraine 220 LBS.

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Johnston V Hendricks!

Vacant CES MMA Championship

When heavyweight John Johnston made his professional mixed martial arts debut three years ago at the age of 40 with only a few Muay Thai fights under his belt, competing for a title was the last thing on this mind.

"It was one of those things I always thought about," he said, "but never imagined it could happen."

As if often the case in a sport as unpredictable as MMA, dreams sometimes come true, and Johnston's dream of fighting for a title will, in fact, become a reality Friday, March 14th, 2014 when the unbeaten Reading, Mass., heavyweight faces Josh Hendricks for the vacant CES MMA championship at "CES MMA XXII" at Twin River Casino.

Hendricks (19-9, 5 KOs), a 37-year-old Mansfield, Ohio veteran, will have experience on his side, which includes a brief stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), but Johnston (5-0, 5 KOs) has launched his young career with five knockout wins in five fights, making this a must-see five-rounder on a stacked undercard that also includes seven-time UFC vet Drew Fickett.

"I respect Josh," Johnston said. "He's had his run. He's had some great fights, but every fight is different. I'm expecting the fight of my life."

In addition to his appearance on UFC 91 in 2008, which ended in a knockout loss to Boston-based heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga, Hendricks has other ties to New England. He beat Connecticut's Josh Diekmann at Twin River in 2012 and recently fought West Yarmouth, Mass., prospect Juliano Coutinho, who happens to be Johnston's jiu-jitsu coach. Johnston actually worked Coutinho's corner in that fight and has also sparred with Gonzaga, but won't rely too heavily on the input of others when it's his turn to face Hendricks.

"Everyone is different," Johnston said. "When Juliano fought Josh it was a totally different fight because Juliano is real comfortable on the ground and there wasn't much standup.

"We watch a lot of tapes on the people we're fighting and figure out what we have to do and what the game plan will be. Going into a fight, we're always well-prepared and ready to take the fight wherever it goes."

If Hendricks takes it to the ground, so be it, Johnston says, but the 6-foot-4, 257-pound heavyweight would prefer to trade hands with Hendricks given the fact he's won all five of his fights by knockout -- four in the first round. That doesn't mean he's one-dimensional, even if some opponents believe that's the case.

"My ground game gets overlooked because people never see it," Johnston said.

Johnston has worked with Division I wrestlers, most notably former Iowa State Hawkeye Quinn Boyce, and fellow MMA vet Pat Walsh to improve his ground game, which has come a long way since his pro debut three years ago.

One of the rare instances where Johnston had to use his wrestling and jiu-jitsu occurred in his second pro fight in 2011 against Shaun Durfee when he slipped on the canvas on the way into the cage and broke his ankle. In the opening round, Johnston thought he saw an opening for a head kick and tried to execute, but his support foot -- the one with the broken ankle -- gave way and he fell against the cage. Durfee immediately took him to the ground and tried his best to earn a submission, but Johnston held his ground and survived the round.

The fight didn't last much longer with Johnston earning the stoppage 38 seconds into the second round.

"I was fighting on a broken ankle and he couldn't submit me or finish me," Johnston said. "I'm mostly a standup fighter, which is fine with me. I'd rather people see that."

As far as conditioning goes, particularly for a 43-year-old fighter who has never fought past the second round, Johnston isn't concerned, not with all the training he's done since the end of 2013.

"I haven't had any breaks for a while," he said. "My last fight was in January and I trained nine weeks for that, and when that was over I got right back into the gym. I'm not worried at all about my conditioning. Our coaches put us through the wringer here. I'll be ready to go all five rounds."

Johnston's improbable run began more than a decade ago when he began training under Mark DellaGrotte at Siyodtong in Boston. Johnston was one of the school's head Muay Thai trainers, but soon began working -- and sparring -- with established veterans Jorge Rivera, Stephan Bonnar and Marcus Davis.

"I got the itch to fight," Johnston said.

After a long talk with DellaGrotte, who has hesitant at first to let Johnston turn pro at the risk of losing one of his best trainers, Johnston made his debut in 2011. Three years later at 43, he's fighting for a title against a former UFC vet. It's an improbable story, but not an impossible one, further prove that dreams do come true.

"This is what I do full-time now," Johnston said. "I'm looking at this one fight at a time. CES is a real good organization and has taken care of me. I'd love to continue with them, but if Bellator or someone like that gets in touch with me, hopefully I can get to a big show before I get to the point where I have to retire. I'm 43 now. I'm not getting any younger, but I'll keep going until my body tells me I can't."

Tickets for "CES MMA XXII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The main event of "CES MMA XXII" features Fickett (42-20, 3 KOs) battling Providence's Luis Felix (10-7, 3 KOs) in a lightweight bout. Several undercard bouts could steal the show, including the highly-anticipated middleweight bout between UFC vet Thomas Egan (7-4, 6 KOs) of Dorchester, Mass., and Plymouth, Mass., veteran Chip Moraza-Pollard (7-6, 4 KOs) a former Reality Fighting and Bellator contender. Egan, born and raised in Kildare, Ireland, starred on UFC 93 in Ireland.

Looking to keep the momentum going from his win over Chris Woodall in November, former TUF vet Chuck O'Neill (12-6, 4 KOs) of East Bridgwater, Mass., will battle Dade City, Fla., welterweight Roger Carroll (13-10) in a three-round bout. Caroll has won 11 bouts by submission. Lightweight contender Andres Jeudi (5-2, 1 KO) of Somerville, Mass., will face Brendan Rooney (5-1) of Shelton, Conn.

Also on the undercard, rising featherweight star and Johnson & Wales alum Charles Rosa (6-0, 3 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Fla., will return to Twin River for the fourth time in a three-round bout against Philadelphia veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (9-9, 1 KO), an eight-time Bellator veteran.

Marshfield, Mass., featherweight Brendan Fleming (3-2) will take on Baltimore's Robert Sullivan (3-1); fellow featherweight Josh LaBerge (8-4, 3 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., will battle Philadelphia's Steve McCabe (6-14, 5 KOs); Tommy Venticinque (0-1) of Warwick, R.I., will face Rick Rivera of Springfield, Mass., in a welterweight bout; and Winthrop, Mass, featherweight Kyle Bochniak (1-0) will aim for his second win of the year when he faces Marius Enache (1-2) of Philadelphia.

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Triple A MMA!

Redemption At The Rock Undercard Fighters

Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock fighter promotional video. The video will feature all under-card fighters competing on Saturday March 29th 2014 live from the Camel Rock Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Triple A MMA V Fighters; Natalie Roy, Nikki Lowe, Joel Whitney, Stephan Cervantes, Jerome Rivera, Levi Lucero, Lindsay Jones, Michelle Williamson, Carlos Casados, Dennis Garcia, Max Spiller, Bruce Lee Romero, Johel Delone, Nate Armstrong, Javier Cepeda, Kip Lewis.

“Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock," presented by Orthrus Promotions, is the third combat sports event of 2014, with more to be announced very soon!

*Tickets are $20 for GA, $30, $40 and $50. All seats are reserved and available to purchase now online, www.TripleAMMA.com, or by calling 505-508-0876.

*Additional fees may apply.

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Nemkov V Puetz!

M-1 Challenge 46

It's time for rising MMA star M-1 Global light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov (19-4-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) to shine as he headlines M-1 Challenge 46 this Friday, making his first title defense against German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

M-1 Challenge 46 will air live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels, and FREE at www.m-1global.tv (Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT in U.S.A.).

Nemkov is a 'Master of Sport' in Sambo, as well as a brown belt in Judo. The gifted Russian lives in Stary Oskol, where he trains with Fedor Emeliandenko's legenday coaches, Mikhail Voronov and Alexander Mitchkov. Nemkov was the 2011 World Combat Sambo Championship gold-medal winner.

Nemkov is on an eight-fight win streak; his last loss coming nearly three years ago to Vinny Magalhaes for the vacant M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship. Nemkov fought his way back to the top of M-1 Global rankings in the 205-pound division and last November, he captured the M-1 Global title at M-1 Challenge 43, forcing Vasily Babich to submit by way of a deadly arm-lock.

MMA's version of a heavyweight war will break out when a pair of knockout specialists, dangerous Latvian striker Konstsantin "Lacplesis" Gluhov (26-14-0, 20 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) and American power-puncher Kenny "Deuce" Garner (12-5-0, 8 KO/TKO/2 SUB), square-off in a much anticipated confrontation few figure will go the distance.

Russian middleweights Anatoly Tokov (11-0-0, 7 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) and Albert Duraev (4-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) battle for the right to be the coveted M-1 Global No. 1 contender, while unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight prospect Pavel Vitruk (10-0-0, 2 KO/TKO/1 SUB) attempts to keep his perfect record intact against 20-year-old Brazilian Yuri "Killa" Maia (12-2, 8 KO/TKO).

Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera (17-5-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) meets Russian grappler Magomed Mustafaev (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Spanish featherweight Agoney Romero (3-1-1, 1 KO/TKO) takes on Russian foe Nikita Chistayakov (0-1-0), French featherweight Jerome Bouisson (12-4-0, 2 KO/TKO/7 SUB) faces Azerbaijani Tural Ragimov (7-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), and Russian lightweight Zulfikar Usmanov (5-2-0, 4 SUBS) versus Russian veteran Artiom Damkovsky (15-9-0, 6 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) completes a solid overall card.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Azaitar V Marshman!

CWFC Fight Night 10

The main event for CWFC Fight Night 10 has been set, with Abu Azaitar and Jack Marshman set to square off in a middleweight bout.

CWFC Fight Night 10 will take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, 28 March, and will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s fourth event in as many countries so far in 2014.

An exciting bantamweight bout between Scotland’s John Cullen (15-7-2) and Russian star Marat Pekov (10-5) has also been added to the bill, along with the light-heavyweight clash of experienced Frenchman Malik Merad (16-11) and six-fight CWFC veteran Mohamed Ali (10-5), a fan-favourite in the Middle East.

However, an injury has forced Liam James (8-6) out of his featherweight bout against Dave Hill (11-3). James will be replaced by 21-year-old English prospect Sam Gilbert, who’ll be searching for back-to-back CWFC wins.

Meanwhile, in the event’s headliner, both Azaitar and Marshman will be keen to leave a mark on the CWFC middleweight division in the Jordanian capital, with both fighters in line to make their respective promotional debuts.

Marshman (14-4), an active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, is one of the UK’s top middleweights and recently made the step-up to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster after some impressive performances on the British domestic scene.

All but two of Marshman’s 14 victories have come via stoppage and the 24-year-old Welshman holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m really excited to be making my Cage Warriors debut and fighting abroad, and I’ll be looking to do 3 Para and Wales proud,” said Marshman. “My opponent likes to stand and strike so it should make for a very interesting fight.”

Azaitar (8-2) has dropped just one loss in his last nine outings and most recently disposed of former KSW middleweight champion Krzysztof Kulak by first-round TKO this past December.

A 28-year-old German fighter of Moroccan descent, one of Azaitar’s two losses came via DQ - on his professional debut - and the other due to a cut sustained against Marcin Naruszczka, a loss he avenged last July.

Azaitar said: “Fighting for a well-known and prestigious promotion like Cage Warriors is something I’m really looking forward to. Coming from an Arabic background, it will also be extra special for me to be fighting in Amman and I’m excited about putting on a great performance for the fans.”

Three bouts have also been added to the CWFC Fight Night 10 prelims. Check out the card below:

Abu Azaitar vs. Jack Marshman

John Cullen vs. Marat Pekov

Mohamed Ali vs. Malik Merad

Allan Love vs. Norman Paraisy

Marcin Lasota vs. Paul Marin

Sam Gilbert vs. Dave Hill

Jarrah Al-Silawi vs. Carl Booth

Elodie Puget vs. Vanessa Rico

Yazan Janeb vs. Hicham Laghzali

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M-1 Global!

Light Heavyweight Championship

Red-hot Russian light heavyweight champion Victor Nemkov (19-4-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) defends his M-1 Global title this Friday against German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), headlining M-1 Challenge 46, at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Stary Oskol-native Nemkov rides a nine-fight win streak into M-1 Challenge 46, highlighted by his title-winning performance in M-1 Challenge 43, in which his deadly arm-lock forced Vasily Babich to tap-out.

The 26-year-old Puetz is one of the best German light heavyweights in a very competitive European division. He has a perfect record in Germany's No. 1 promotion, Respect FC.

"The first large event of the year will herald big things to come from M-1 Global in 2014," M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein said. "We're all very excited for the 205-pound title fight between Nemkov and Puetz, uncoubtedly two of the best Light Heavyweights in Europe. Don't sleep on Gluhovvs. Garner, which will be a slugfest of the ages, and Tokov vs. Duraev for the No. 1 contender fight at 185 pounds."

M-1 Challenge 46 will air live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

M-1 Global is the No. 1 European MMA organization, as well as one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1998. Superstar Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA history, has been the face of M-1 Global around the combat sports world for the past decade.

The M-1 Challenge series has traditionally introduced a new wave of potential MMA stars, showcasing elite athletes from Russia and across Europe. Many fighters who fall into the aforementioned category will be showcased on M-1 Challenge 46.

The M-1 Challenge 46 event undercard is loaded from top-to-bottom, featuring seven Super Fights. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The most explosive M-1 Challenge 46 fight of the night could very well turn out to be between Latvian knockout artist Konstsantin "Lacplesis" Gluhov (26-14-0, 20 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) and dangerous American heavyweight Kenny "Deuce" Garner (12-5-0, 8 KO/TKO/2 SUB). A World champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing, Gluhov is a tremendous striker who defeated Garner by split decision in M-1 Challenge 38. A knockout puncher and great showman, Garner is an underrated wrestler and grappler who has put eight of his 12 victims to sleep.

Russian middleweight Anatoly Tokov (11-0-0, 7 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) battles fellow countryman Albert Duraev (4-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) in their No. 1 contender fight. A notoriously slow starter who is nearly unstoppable in the last round, Takov trains in Stary Oskol with Fedor's legenday coaches, Mikhail Voronov and Alexander Mitchkov. Duraev's lone loss in M-1 Global competition came against its current middleweight champion, Ramazan Emeev.

Undefeated Ukrainian featherweight prospect Pavel Vitruk (10-0-0, 2 KO/TKO/1 SUB) puts his unbeaten record on the line against upset-minded Brazilian invader Yuri "Killa" Maia (12-2, 8 KO/TKO). One of the smallest featherweights in M-1Global, Vitrun has a kickboxing background and he prefers to stay on his feet. The 20-year-old Maia, who will be going for his ninth knockout win, represents the stiffest test of Virtuk's young career.

Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera (17-5-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) takes on Russian grappler Magomed Mustafaev (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) in an intriguing match. Making his welterweight debut after fighting in all weight classes from middleweight to heavyweight, Tabera is a tough fighter with invaluable experience. Mustafaev is a highly-touted prospect who has won his last seven fights in a row.

Spanish featherweight Agoney Romero (3-1-1, 1 KO/TKO) faces Russian nemesis Nikita Chistayakov (0-1-0). Undefeated in two fights held in Russian, Romero has vastly improved his striking technique. Chistyakov, who trains with Vitruk, is a clear underdog in this match-up.

French featherweight Jerome Bouisson (12-4-0, 2 KO/TKO/7 SUB) meets Azerbaijani Tural Ragimov (7-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB). The well-rounded French fighters is a strong grappler, while Ragimov will be making his M-1 Global debut.

Russian lightweight Zulfikar Usmanov (5-2-0, 4 SUBS) throws-down with Belarussian veteran Artiom Damkovsky (15-9-0, 6 KO/TKO, 1 SUB). Usmanov faces a must-win situation in order to remain fighting at the elite level. Striking sensation Damkovsky is a highly entertaining fighter, as well as a former M-1 Global Selection and Challenge champion.

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Luis Felix!

This Fight Is Everything To Me

Forget everything you think you know about Luis Felix.

After years of treating mixed martial arts like a hobby, the Providence-based lightweight is ready to go "all in" as he prepares for the toughest test of his career Friday night at Twin River Casino.

"No more excuses," said Felix (10-7, 3 KOs), who'll face seven-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veteran Drew Fickett in the main event of "CES MMA XXII" on Friday, March 14th, 2014.

"I've pretty much put everything aside to focus on fighting and make a run at being elite and making it to the next level. This is all I do now. No more secondary job. I'm pretty much all in at this point."

Despite a tremendous wrestling background, which helped him become a state champion at nearby Cranston East High School, and his willingness to fight anyone at any given time, the knock on Felix through the years was his conditioning -- or lack thereof -- and whether or not he took the sport seriously.

"In the past, I wasn't always all in," he said. "It was always fun, but I used it as a hobby."

It showed. Felix spent the first three years of his professional career teetering on the brink, never winning more than two consecutive fights. A loss to Joe DeChaves in 2010, which, to this day, Felix says was "the biggest fluke," pushed Felix to jump right back into the cage less than a month later against then-unbeaten prospect Joe Proctor. Felix pulled off the upset, knocking out Proctor in the second round.

"I had been fighting every month, so I was in great shape," Felix said. "By the time I stepped in with Proctor, I had gotten much better as a fighter."

Proctor eventually made his way to the big stage two years later, starring in Season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, but the fight paid more immediate dividends for Felix, whose career path changed dramatically after handing Proctor his first career loss. He suddenly realized what he could accomplish when motivated.

"I really started taking it more seriously after that," he said. "All the hype was behind [Proctor] at the time and where he was going. After that fight, I started talking with [UFC veteran] Jorge Rivera and a few other coaches and really began buckling down. Ever since then, the way I go about this has been completely different."

The win over Proctor was merely a precursor to what unfolded over the next three years. Since then, Felix has won four of his last five fights, including a win over another UFC vet, Marc Stevens, earning Felix the reputation as a fighter who saves his best for his biggest fights. Felix also upended Boston-based prospect Lucas Cruz in December. Cruz was 6-1 at the time and owned wins over Pete Jeffrey and John Ortolani before losing by split decision to Felix.

"For me, it's a challenge, like when they're saying, 'Oh, this guy is that good,' or, 'This guy is better than you,' or, 'This guy has done this,'" Felix said. "Having that kind of challenge in front of me is motivation enough for me to get after it."

Facing Fickett (42-20, 3 KOs) is a similar challenge. At his best, Fickett is one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport, having beaten both Kenny Florian and Josh Koscheck, but his own self-destructive past -- alcohol abuse, etc. -- has put him in a similar "do or die" mode where every fight could be the end of the road or the beginning of a new journey.

"Knowing someone like him, who has been at that level and fought some of the best in the world, I know where I want to go and where I want to be in this sport," Felix said. "To fight someone of his caliber is just another challenge.

"I don't know what it does immediately for me, but I know what's at stake for me personally and where I want to be. This fight for me is everything. I'm not looking past it. I'm not looking at where it will put me. I'm just focusing on this challenge in front of me."

Just how serious is Felix these days? Not only is he working with Rhode Island-based boxing coach Vic Fagnant, who he considers "the biggest blessing" in his career the past two years, he's also been working on his strength and conditioning with former CES MMA lightweight champion Mike Campbell, who pressed Felix to train with him for five years until he finally decided to take his advice in preparation for this upcoming fight.

"That's been a whole new spectrum for me," Felix said. "I never really lifted weights or did strength training. Working with Campbell and seeing the things he's done as an athlete really opened my eyes. I already feel such a big difference in my explosive strength in a short amount of time.

"From the first day I went in there, it was like learning something new. Now I look forward to going in there and training and getting my ass kicked."

Felix also has a manager, Patsy Sperduto, who has helped keep him on track. Having a trustworthy inner-circle with people looking out for his best interests is a far cry from the days when Felix simply agreed to take fights just to stay active. It's a new look for a fighter hoping to make that final push toward being elite. No more excuses. He's finally "all in."

"I'm taking this as a career and trying to move forward with it," Felix said. "Being dedicated and putting in the training I need has really helped me."

Tickets for "CES MMA XXII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Several undercard bouts at "CES MMA XXII" could steal the show, including the highly-anticipated middleweight bout between UFC vet Thomas Egan (7-4, 6 KOs) of Dorchester, Mass., and Plymouth, Mass., veteran Chip Moraza-Pollard (7-6, 4 KOs) a former Reality Fighting and Bellator contender. Egan, born and raised in Kildare, Ireland, starred on UFC 93 in Ireland.

Looking to keep the momentum going from his win over Chris Woodall in November, former TUF vet Chuck O'Neill (12-6, 4 KOs) of East Bridgwater, Mass., will battle Dade City, Fla., welterweight Roger Carroll (13-10) in a three-round bout. Caroll has won 11 bouts by submission. Lightweight contender Andres Jeudi (5-2, 1 KO) of Somerville, Mass., will face Brendan Rooney (5-1) of Shelton, Conn.

Also on the undercard, rising featherweight star and Johnson & Wales alum Charles Rosa (6-0, 3 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Fla., will return to Twin River for the fourth time in a three-round bout against Philadelphia veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (9-9, 1 KO), an eight-time Bellator veteran.

Marshfield, Mass., featherweight Brendan Fleming (3-2) will take on Baltimore's Robert Sullivan (3-1); fellow featherweight Josh LaBerge (8-4, 3 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., will battle Philadelphia's Steve McCabe (6-14, 5 KOs); Tommy Venticinque (0-1) of Warwick, R.I., will face Rick Rivera of Springfield, Mass., in a welterweight bout; and Winthrop, Mass, featherweight Kyle Bochniak (1-0) will aim for his second win of the year when he faces Marius Enache (1-2) of Philadelphia.

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March, 2014

Jimmy Wallhead!

Returns To Cage Warriors

Top English welterweight Jimmy Wallhead (25-8) has today joined Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s stacked 170lbs division.

Wallhead, currently ranked as one of the UK’s top two welterweights, will compete exclusively for CWFC for a minimum period of 18 months after inking a five-fight deal with the promotion.

The 29-year-old began his career with Cage Warriors back in 2005, going on to compete under the CWFC banner on 15 occasions, more than any other fighter in the promotion’s 12-year history.

The latest addition to CWFC’s highly competitive welterweight stable, Wallhead will be aiming to stake a claim for a shot at championship gold when he makes his Cage Warriors return at CWFC 68 in Liverpool on May 3 against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

“I’m extremely excited about my homecoming to Cage Warriors,” said Wallhead. “Cage Warriors was where I started and where I have some of the fondest memories from my career so far.

“I’m in the best mental and physical shape of my life, so to come back to Cage Warriors to compete in a great talent-pool is an inspirational opportunity for me.

“My respect goes out to Graham Boylan and Ian Dean for creating an incredibly organised and focused promotion that continues to evolve and improve, making Cage Warriors an exciting prospect for any serious athlete.”

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, 18 of which have come via stoppage, Wallhead holds notable wins over several fighters with UFC experience, including Igor Araujo, Matt Veach, Che Mills and Frank Trigg.

The Leicester native, who competed for Bellator on three occasions between 2010 and 2012, hasn’t been stopped in his last 20 outings, with his last loss inside the distance coming at the hands of current UFC star Dennis Siver back in 2006.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “We’re very pleased to be welcoming Jimmy Wallhead back to the promotion. At 29, he’s in the prime of his career so he needs to be competing regularly against high-calibre opposition. That’s exactly what he’ll do here at Cage Warriors.”

See Jimmy Wallhead make his Cage Warriors Fighting Championship return on Saturday, May 3, at CWFC 68 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena! Tickets, priced from £30 plus booking fee

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Tom Egan!

Looking To Get Back On Track

Tom Egan was just a wide-eyed, 20-year-old novice with an ear-to-ear grin when he fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championships in his native Ireland four years ago, unaware of the pressure he was about to face.

"I had literally just put on a pair of gloves for the first time less than two years before that fight," Egan said.

The bright lights of mixed martial arts' biggest stage and the pressure of fighting in front of more than 15,000 native fans in Dublin overwhelmed the young, inexperienced Egan (7-4, 6 KOs). He lost that night by first-round knockout, and yet despite relocating to the United States a year later to further his professional career, he'd love nothing more than an opportunity to return home and do it all again.

"To go back to Dublin and win, and do it with the UFC, would mean a lot to me," said Egan, who will fight on the undercard of "CES MMA XII" against Chip Moraza-Pollard (7-6, 4 KOs) in a three-round middleweight bout at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., on Friday, March 14th, 2014.

"I recently watched that fight again, and I was looking at myself thinking, 'Wow, what a big smile I had on my face!' Being able to fight on that stage was like growing up wanting to be in an action movie and then within two years you're starring in the biggest action film in the world.

"It was definitely a lot of pressure, but it was meant to happen, because now I'm in the United States and I have a great life here. It's been a great run."

Tickets for "CES MMA XXII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Egan, who grew up in Kildare, a small town with a population under 9,000 in County Kildare, and speaks fluent Gaelic, relocated in 2010 to the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, an area heavily-populated by Irish-Americans rich in Irish history and culture. He immediately felt right at home.

"I'm big into Irish history. I grew up speaking Gaelic and continue to study and speak it. I'm very passionate about it, and there's a huge amount of Irish culture here," Egan said.

"There's no shortage of people who speak Gaelic, too, or who are familiar with fighting."

Shortly after settling in, Egan met former Dorchester boxer and Ireland native Sean Mannion, who fought for the World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world title at Madison Square Garden in 1983. Egan soon became a part of Mannion's circle, which includes many former fighters, some of Irish descent.

"Believe it or not, there are a lot of guys in there 50s who have some sort fighting background, whether it's amateur or professional," Egan said. "Sean and a lot of his buddies are still here. I knew those were definitely the guys I wanted to surround myself with.

"I'm not into MMA for the money, fame or recognition," he continued. "I initially came here to better my fighting career. I'm not in this for anything other than the mental, physical and spiritual test. I truly believe MMA is the ultimate of those tests. That's the reason I do it. I literally do it to test myself."

Egan made his U.S. MMA debut in November in 2010, beating Eric Attard by second-round knockout, and has since become a fixture on the regional circuit, including his last two fights with CES MMA. He beat Aldo Santos in August of 2013 at Twin River before losing his last fight in November to veteran Harley Beekman.

"That was disappointing for me," Egan said. "I trained hard -- maybe a little too much mentally and physically in preparation. Maybe I overthought it. I was a little burnt out going into the cage, and it was too late that night to make adjustments.

"No excuses. Harley absolutely won the fight. With this fight coming up, I learned a lot from my last time out. I learned a lot about myself. I feel like my preparation has been far greater both mentally and physically. I'm excited to get back in there."

Moraza-Pollard is coming off back-to-back losses, but has appeared in bouts for both Reality Fighting and the Bellator Fighting Championships and has faced a handful of New England's top welterweights, including Keith Jeffrey and Brett Oteri.

"He's got a lot of experience. I'm taking him very seriously," Egan said. "I feel like a win over Chip would help me get back on the right track. A win over anyone, anywhere would get me on the path again and back to where I want to be."

The main event of "CES MMA XXII" features Providence lightweight Luis Felix (10-7, 3 KOs) facing seven-time UFC vet Drew Fickett (42-20, 3 KOs) of Tucson, Ariz., who has won 31 bouts by submission.

Looking to keep the momentum going from his win over Chris Woodall in November, former TUF vet Chuck O'Neill (12-6, 4 KOs) of East Bridgwater, Mass., will battle Dade City, Fla., welterweight Roger Carroll (13-10) in a three-round bout. Caroll has won 11 bouts by submission. Lightweight contender Andres Jeudi (5-2, 1 KO) of Somerville, Mass., will face Brendan Rooney (5-1) of Shelton, Conn.

Also on the undercard, rising featherweight star and Johnson & Wales alum Charles Rosa (6-0, 3 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Fla., will return to Twin River for the fourth time in a three-round bout against Philadelphia veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (9-9, 1 KO), an eight-time Bellator veteran.

Marshfield, Mass., featherweight Brendan Fleming (3-2) will take on Baltimore's Robert Sullivan (3-1); fellow featherweight Josh LaBerge (8-4, 3 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., will battle Philadelphia's Steve McCabe (6-14, 5 KOs); Tommy Venticinque (0-1) of Warwick, R.I., will face Rick Rivera of Springfield, Mass., in a welterweight bout; and Winthrop, Mass, featherweight Kyle Bochniak (1-0) will aim for his second win of the year when he faces Marius Enache (1-2) of Philadelphia.

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American Fighting Organization!

Apr. 26

Promoter John "The Quietman" Ruiz, former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, announced today that the new American Fighting Championship (AFO) will promote a Pro-Am mixed-martial-arts show Saturday night, April 26 at Tyngsboro Sports Center in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

The new AFO's inaugural event under Ruiz' ownership tentatively calls for professional fights, in addition to the launching of "The Battleground Series: Redemption" amateur tournament, which will feature some of New England's top fighters in various weight classes.

All participating fighters in the tournament will receive commemorative items. Each weight-division winner will be awarded a world-class championship belt while a traveling trophy will be presented to the gym producing the most champions.

"Not only do I want fighters to be recognized," Ruiz explained, "I also want MMA gym wars for bragging rights. I think that's missing in MMA. I was a pro boxer but fighting is fighting. I wanted to create a tournament to determine who the best fighters and gym is in New England. I want to promote my gym (Quietman Sports Gym) and its fighters, of course, but AFO shows will also promote participating all MMA fighters and gyms in New England so the public knows which gyms have the best fighters. We're all very excited and looking forward to launching the new AFO with this tournament."

Pro and amateur MMA fighters interested in fighting on the Apr. 26 AFO show should sign-up by registering as soon as possible at www.afomma.com.

"The Battleground Series: Redemption" tournament competition will continue on a monthly basis, in a one-loss elimination format, with divisional champions eventually crowned.

Full details about the Apr. 26 show will soon be announced, including fight match-ups, ticket information, times, etc.

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Yushin Okami!

Makes World Series Of Fighting Debut

Perennially top-ranked middleweight Yushin "Thunder" Okami (29-8) makes his World Series of Fighting debut on March 29, as he battles Svetlozar Savov (12-4) on the NBCSN-broadcast main card of "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares."

Additionally, a featherweight matchup between Brenson Hansen (5-2) and Boostayre "Bullit" Nefarios (2-1) has also been added to the night's WSOF.com-streamed preliminary card.

"I was already excited for World Series of Fighting 9, but the addition of Yushin Okami against Svetlozar Savov to our live NBCSN broadcast leaves no question that this is the best card we've ever put together," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "This card now has some of the world's most established talent, as well as some of the top up-and-coming names in the sport. This truly is a card you do not want to miss."

"World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," which features a welterweight title fight between champ Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares, as well as Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse for the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title, takes place March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

The 32-year-old Okami, of Kanagawa, Japan, is a judo black belt who owns career victories over MMA notables Alan Belcher, Hector Lombard, Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz, Anderson Silva and Mike Swick, among others. He now meets 25-year-old Bulgarian prospect Savov, who boasts 11 stoppage wins among his 12 career victories.

Hansen has already fought three times under the World Series of Fighting banner, earning wins over Josh Montalvo and Tom Marcellino before suffering a hard-fought split-decision loss to Freddy Assuncao at January's World Series of Fighting 8 event. Meanwhile, Nefarios makes his World Series of Fighting debut. The son of longtime MMA veteran Marvin Eastman, Nefarios is a well-known name on the Las Vegas fight scene after fighting several times in Sin City as an amateur before making the transition to the pro ranks.

With the two additions, the World Series of Fighting 9 lineup now includes:

NBCSN-TELEVISED MAIN CARD

Champion Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares - for welterweight title

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse - for inaugural bantamweight title

Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov

Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson

Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez

WSOF.COM-STREAMED PRELIMINARY CARD

Mike Corey vs. Shane Kruchten

Chris Gruetzemacher vs. John Gunderson

Sean Cantor vs. Bryson Hansen

Phil Dace vs. Danny Davis

Brenson Hansen vs. Boostayre Nefarios

Jimmy Jones vs. Rudy Morales

Gil Guardado vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

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Johnston V Felix!

March 14th

"CES MMA XXII" will be a judgment night of sorts for two of the region's brightest stars as they prepare for a challenge unlike any other.

Hard-hitting heavyweight John Johnston will put his undefeated record on the line against a former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contender for CES' vacant title and lightweight Luis Felix will face one of mixed martial art's most polarizing figures Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Tickets for "CES MMA XXII" are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Now 5-0 with five knockouts following another win in January, Johnston will battle 37-year-old Ohio native Josh Hendricks (19-9, 5 KOs) for CES MMA's vacant heavyweight title in a five-round bout. This is a major step up for Johnston, the Melrose, Mass., native, who has yet to fight past the second round in any of his previous five bouts. The furthest any opponent got was 46 seconds into the second round back in September of 2011, and that one ended in typical Johnston fashion when the big heavyweight put a bloodied, battered Shaun Durfee to sleep for good with a hard right cross.

Like Johnston, Hendricks rarely goes the distance -- just twice in 21 bouts -- but his experience in the cage might be the biggest hurdle Johnston has to overcome. Hendricks has been fighting professionally since 2002. His career peaked between 2005 and 2007 when he won 10 of 11 bouts, nine of them ending in the first round, to earn a spot on the UFC 91 undercard in 2008. The thrill wore off quickly with a first-round knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga, but Hendricks has remained active by fighting at least once a year over the past five years, including a win over Bellator contender and Connecticut native Josh Diekmann at Twin River in 2011.

In addition to his five knockout wins, Hendricks' impressive resume includes 12 wins by submission. Only two of his 21 fights have gone the distance -- both wins -- setting the stage for what could be a dramatic finish when he faces Johnston on the 14th.

For Felix (10-7, 3 KOs), his lightweight showdown against Arizona's Drew Fickett (42-20, 3 KOs) represents another opportunity to beat a UFC vet while moving one step closer toward reaching the same goal in his own career.

The Providence native already owns wins over Joe Proctor and Marc Stevens and tends to fight his best on the biggest stage, but Fickett is a rare breed, a sturdy veteran with more than 60 fights on his resume before his 35th birthday.

Fickett's remarkable efficiency, which includes seven fights under the UFC umbrella and bouts with Strikeforce, Dream and King Of The Cage, is even more impressive considering his past troubles in and out of the cage. Fickett battled alcoholism for several years, but has since rededicated himself to mixed martial arts and is looking to make one more run to the top.

Experience will be on his side. Among his most impressive bouts are a split-decision win over former UFC title contender Kenny Florian in 2004 before Florian's UFC debut and a split-decision win over fellow Strikeforce and UFC vet Dennis Hallman in 2003. Fickett is also the first fighter to beat UFC lifer Josh Koscheck, submitting Koscheck via rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 2 in 2005.

At his best, Fickett is one of the top lightweights in mixed martial arts. Thirty-one of his 42 wins have come by submission and he's only gone the distance 13 times in 62 bouts.

But Felix rarely wilts under the pressure. Working with Rhode Island-based boxing coach Vic Fagnant and former CES MMA lightweight champ Mike Campbell, who has helped with strength and conditioning, Felix expects to be the strongest he's ever been when he returns on the 14th. Since losing to Joe DeChaves in October of 2010, a loss that dropped his record to 5-6, Felix has won five of his last six bouts. The turnaround began with the win over Proctor, the Quincy, Mass., native who went on to star on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Live and has since been a fixture on UFC undercards.

Several undercard bouts at "CES MMA XXII" could steal the show, including the highly-anticipated middleweight bout between UFC vet Thomas Egan (7-4, 6 KOs) of Dorchester, Mass., and Plymouth, Mass., veteran Chip Moraza-Pollard (7-6, 4 KOs) a former Reality Fighting and Bellator contender. Egan, born and raised in Kildare, Ireland, starred on UFC 93 in Ireland.

Looking to keep the momentum going from his win over Chris Woodall in November, former TUF vet Chuck O'Neill (12-6, 4 KOs) of East Bridgwater, Mass., will battle Dade City, Fla., welterweight Roger Carroll (13-10) in a three-round bout. Caroll has won 11 bouts by submission.

Also on the undercard, rising featherweight star and Johnson & Wales alum Charles Rosa (6-0, 3 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Fla., will return to Twin River for the fourth time in a three-round bout against Philadelphia veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (9-9, 1 KO), an eight-time Bellator veteran.

Marshfield, Mass., featherweight Brendan Fleming (3-2) will take on Baltimore's Robert Sullivan (3-1); fellow featherweight Josh LaBerge (8-4, 3 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., will battle Philadelphia's Steve McCabe (6-14, 5 KOs); Tommy Venticinque (0-1) of Warwick, R.I., will face Rick Rivera of Springfield, Mass., in a welterweight bout; and Winthrop, Mass, featherweight Kyle Bochniak (1-0) will aim for his second win of the year when he faces Marius Enache (1-2) of Philadelphia.

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Mulhern V Lanier!

March 29

New Mexico Fan’s asked for it, most thought it would never happen, but it’s happening March 29th 2014 during ‘Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock’ event! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black-Belts Quinn Mulhern (Gracie Barra-NM) and Josh Lanier (Hybrid Jiu-Jitsu) will compete in New Mexico’s first ever No-Gi Superfight! ‘Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock’ will take place at the Camel Rock Casino Event Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Superfight is brought to you by Combat Sports Club and will take place in the Triple A MMA Cage. Mulhern, who recently announced his retirement from MMA/UFC action, looks to keep his competitive juices flowing by taking on fellow BJJ contender Josh Lanier in a winner take all, submission only bout. Lanier, who also recently retired from MMA/Bellator action, will look to cement his grappling skills within the New Mexico Combat Sports community by playing Jiu-Jitsu with the Gracie-Barra NM Professor.

No Judges. 10 Minute Round. No Points. Submission ONLY! Fans will not want to miss this!

According to C.O.O., J.R. Rodriguez, “We are committed to making every Triple A MMA event better than the last and to putting on fights that the fans want to see. Fight fans in New Mexico have been asking for this No-Gi Superfight and we are excited to make it happen!”

The night's eleven bout-fight card will be streamed live at www.TripleAMMA.com. The complete fight card is listed below. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.TripleAMMA.com or by calling 505-508-0876.

Main Card (All Pro Bouts)

Angelo “San I Warrior” Sanchez vs. Gabriel “Moggly” Benitez

Andres Quintana vs. Derek Perez

Quinn Mulhern vs. Josh Lanier (No-Gi Submission Only Superfight)

Natalie Roy vs. Nikki Lowe (Featured Female Bout)

Joel Whitney vs. Stephan Cervantes

Jerome Rivera vs. Levi Lucero

Undercard

Lindsay Jones vs. Michelle Williamson

Carlos Casados vs. Dennis Garcia

Max Spiller vs. Bruce Lee Romero

Johel Delone vs. Nate Armstrong

Javier Cepeda vs. Kip Lewis

*Card Subject to Change*

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M1 Global!

Results

Undefeated Estonian heavyweight Denis Smoldarev (6-0-0) earned a M-1 Global title fight shot by defeating Ante "Walking Trouble" Delija (8-2-0) in tonight's main event, headlining M-1 Challenge 45, at Atmosphere Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Known as "The Brock Lesnar of Estonia," the 6' 5", 266 ½ pound Smoldarev is now positioned to fight the winner of the M-1 Global heavyweight championship fight, March 14 at M-1 Challenge 46, between reigning champion Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski (19-1-0) and challenger Marcin "Tybur" Tybura (9-0-0).

The 6' 4", 247-pound Delija had a successful throw and took Smoldarev's back to start a great first round of action. Smoldarev moved to Delija's guard, working from the top, and unleashed a volley of strong punches and leg kicks on the Croatian.

Smoldarev came out for the second round throwing a good left but Delija quickly went to the ground, taking Smoldarev's back and transitioning to a heel hook. It wasn't tight enough and then Smoldarev took the top position, firing strikes and then locked in an "Americana." Delija let out a scream that the referee considered a verbal submission and ended the fight. Delijia protested to no avail.

M-1 Global lightweight champion Musa Khamanaev (14-3-0) outclassed Ukrainian fighter Vladimir Nikolaev (10-2-0) in their non-title fight. Khamanaev opened with a series of effective strikes and then, using his superior wrestling skills, the Russian took down Nikolaev whose nose was bloodied as he held on for his fighting life. Khamanaev overwhelmed Nikolaev, who was unable to escape, with strong strikes off his powerful ground-and-pound attack. The referee stopped the fight in the second round for a TKO win by Khamanaev.

In an upset, Russian middleweight Rashid Yusupov (3-2-0) won a decision over Brazilian veteran Charles "Gracie" Andrade (27-16-0). Yusupov, a striker, escaped a Kimura attempt by Andrade early in the first round and went on to dominate the first five minutes of the fight. Outside of one successful Andrade takedown, Yusupov spent most of the second round in Andrade's closed guard. The trend continued in the final round as Yusupov started with a short stand-up and takedown, in which there was little activity until the final minute of the fight when both fighters were back on their feet. Yusupov landed some good strikes and kicks, highlighted by a spinning back-kick, to close the show.

Russian lightweight Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko (34-9-0) won a war of attrition in a battle of season veterans against Niko Puhakka (28-15-0), of Finland. Puhakka suffered a cut over his eye in the opening round that freely flowed during the entire fight. Butenko was unable to submit the game Finn but he was in complete control en route to a solid win by decision.

In an exciting match of skilled grapplers, Russian welterweight Ilya Doderkin (4-0-0) remained undefeated, as Nenad "Nino" Avramovich (0-2-0), of Spain, submitted in the second round. The action was fast and furious as the two fighters constantly changed positions until Doderkin suddenly slapped on a triangle hold, resulting in his impressive victory.

Striking prevailed over grappling as Sergei Andreev (6-2-0) took a decision from fellow Russian lightweight Rahman Makhazhiev (1-1-0). Throughout the fight, Andreev wanted to fight on his feet and go for a knockout, while Makhadzhiev preferred fighting on the mat to try for a submission.

Russian featherweight Yunus Evloev (13-6-0) outlasted his Ukrainian opponent, Vitali Branchuk (13-4-0), for a hard fought decision in a back-and-forth match from start to finish.

Oleg Misikov (2-0-0) used his physical superiority over fellow Russian lightweight Ivan Getman (1-1-0) to a dominant first-round round stoppage. The referee halted the action early as Misikov landed powerful, unanswered strikes.

Russian lightweight Kurbanali Abdusalamov (3-2-0) ruined the professional debut of Alejandro Kratz-Ferrer (0-1-0), trapping the Spanish fighter in a mount position and punching away until Kratz-Ferrer tapped out in the opening round.

Ukrainian lightweight Oleg Khachaturov (1-1-0) won his first professional fight by decision as his ground-and-pound attack was too much for pro-debuting St. Petersburg fighter Alexander Korneev (0-1-0) to handle.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors 65

Cage Warriors 65 headliners John Maguire and Saul Rogers have both made weight ahead of tomorrow’s main event at The Helix in Dublin.

The pair came in under the 156lbs limit for their lightweight clash earlier this afternoon in the Irish capital, while co-main event duo Jack Mason and Benny Alloway are also on weight and ready to collide in their highly-anticipated welterweight encounter.

Three fighters on tomorrow’s 11-bout bill failed to make the contracted weight, however, with Alex Enlund, Paddy Pimblett and Bryan Creighton all forfeiting 25 per cent of their purses to their respective opponents Artem Lobov, Martin Sheridan and Damien Rooney.

CWFC 65 takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.

CAGE WARRIORS 65 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight: Saul Rogers (155.2lbs) vs. John Maguire (154.5lbs)

Welterweight: Benny Alloway (170.5lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.9lbs)

Featherweight: AlexEnlund (147.3lbs)* vs. Artem Lobov (145.7lbs)

130lbs catchweight: Bryan Creighton (132.9lbs)* vs. Damien Rooney (130.6lbs)

Lightweight: Damien Brown (155.3lbs) vs. Paul Redmond (155.9lbs)

160lbs catchweight: Aldric Cassata (160lbs) vs. Philip Mulpeter (160.5lbs)

Welterweight: Lee Caers (170.5lbs) vs. Merv Mulholland (170lbs)

Atomweight: Irene Cabello (105.8lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.1lbs)

Bantamweight: Martin Sheridan (135.4lbs) vs. Paddy Pimblett (136.8lbs)*

176lbs catchweight: Shane Gunfield (176lbs) vs. Konrad Iwanowski (175.6lbs)

Bantamweight: Neil Ward (135.2lbs) vs. Gavin Kelly (134.3lbs)

*Missed weight; forfeits 25 per cent of purse to opponent

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Hermansson V Torres!

CWFC 66

The card for CWFC 66 is now complete, following the addition of a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and Enoc Solves Torres.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s first event in Scandinavia, which takes place at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday, March 22.

Hermansson (5-2), who returns to Cage Warriors following a two-fight stint with Bellator, holds previous CWFC wins over Ali Arish and Mike Ling.

Fighting out of Norway, the 25-year-old Swede has taken all five of his professional wins inside the distance, four of which have come via KO.

“I’m really happy to be on this card as it means my family and friends will finally be able to see me fight live,” said Hermansson. “I can’t wait to put on a show for the Cage Warriors fans in Scandinavia.”

Torres (13-6), a 29-year-old Spaniard, will be making his debut for the promotion against Hermansson in Copenhagen.

A seven-fight M-1 veteran, Torres has taken 10 of his 13 wins by stoppage - five (T)KOs and five submissions.

He said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to this challenge against a good opponent.”

Preliminary-card bouts between Jussi Halonen and Frodi Vitalis Hansen, and Binh Son Le and Shamal Tashkilot, have also been added to finalise the CWFC 66 bill.

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Adds Marshman & Teodorczuk To The Roster

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Marshman and Mateusz Teodorczuk to its roster.

The pair have each inked five-fight deals which will see them compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

Marshman (14-4), one of the UK’s top middleweights, has taken all but two of his 14 wins inside the distance, 10 of which have come via (T)KO.

An active serviceman with parachute regiment 3 Para, Marshman is a former middleweight champion for domestic British promotion BAMMA and holds notable wins over the likes of Lee Chadwick and Andrew Punshon.

“I’m very happy to have signed with Cage Warriors and I’m looking forward to some really interesting match-ups with Europe’s premier promotion,” said the 24-year-old Welshman.

“I want to thank my superiors at 3 Para for supporting me in my MMA career and allowing me the opportunity to train full-time. Also thanks to Graham Boylan for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Teodorczuk (11-2) commits to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship on the back of his impressive promotional debut at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

The 24-year-old Polish lightweight picked up his ninth consecutive victory and a Submission of the Night bonus, ending Paul Redmond’s five-fight win-streak via anaconda choke in the second round of their main-card meeting.

Teodorczuk said: “I believe that I showed my skills and potential in beating Paul Redmond, and I’m ready for any challenge that CWFC will have for me. I’m really happy to have signed this deal.

“I want to beat every rival that stands in my way and get the opportunity to fight for that lightweight title. It’s a stacked division but the other guys in there need to be aware that there’s now a new big fish in the pond.”

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

M-1 Challenge 45 Official Weights

DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia 266 ½ lbs. V ANTE "Walking Trouble" DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia 247 lbs.

MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia 155 lbs. V VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine 154 ½ lbs.

CHARLES "Gracie" ANDRADE (27-15-0), Brazil 184 ½ lbs. V RASHID YUSUPOV (2-2-0), Russia 205 lbs.

NIKO PUHAKKA (28-14-0), Finland 155 lbs. V ALEXANDER "Iron Capture" BUTENKO (33-9-0), Ukraine 154 lbs.

RAHMAN MAKHAZHIEV (1-0-0),Russia 155 lbs. V SERGEI ANDREEV (5-2-0), Russia 155 lbs.

ILYA DODERKIN (3-0-0), Russia 171 ½ lbs. V NENAD "Nino" AVRAMOVIC (0-1-0), Spain 175 lbs.

YUNUS EVLOEV (12-6-0), Russia 135 lbs. V VITALI BRANCHUK (13-3-0), Ukraine 134 ½ lbs.

OLEG MISIKOV (1-0-0), Russia 155 lbs. V IVAN GET'MAN (1-0-0), Russia 141 lbs.

KURBANALI ABDUSALAMOV (2-2-0), Russia 155 lbs. V ALEJANDRO KRATZ-FERRER (pro debut), Russia 153 lbs.

ALEXANDER KORNEEV (pro debut), Russia 152 lbs. V OLEG KHACHATUROV (0-1-0), Ukraine 155 lbs.

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Tuff-n-Uff Returns!

Mayhem In Mesquite IV This Saturday Night

This Saturday night, Tuff-n-Uff returns to GFL.tv and presents "Mayhem in Mesquite IV", which is sure to be another CAN'T MISS event which will be shown, from start to finish, LIVE from anywhere in the WORLD exclusively on GFL.tv!

For MMA fans unfamiliar with the Tuff-n-Uff must be living under a rock. Tuff-n-Uff has produced some of the top fighters in MMA which is the reason why they are known as not only the top Amateur MMA promotion in Nevada but also in the WORLD.

Some of the fighters who have graced the Tuff-n-Uff cage are UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Rhonda Rousey, UFC & Bellator veteran Roger Huerta, UFC & WSOF veteran Jon Fitch, UFC & Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture, UFC, WEC, M-1, Bellator & KOTC veteran Shonie Carter, UFC & Strikeforce veteran Jesse Taylor, UFC & WEC veteran Brad Imes, UFC & former Bellator HW Champion Travis Wiuff, and UFC & Pride veteran Aaron Riley.

Tuff-n-Uff presents another stacked card this Saturday when they make their triumphant return to GFL.tv, the leading iPPV company in Combat Sports as the top amateurs in Nevada face off with the top amateurs from Utah in showdown that will sure to excite any and all MMA fans!

In the Main Event, Michael Hobby (3-1) battles Melvin Washington (6-1) for the Tuff-N-Uff Lightweight Title. Hobby has won 3 fights in a row including 2 by submission. Hobby is a big lightweight and has shown to have endless cardio when he is in the cage. Washington is a formidable force who always brings an aggressive style into his fights. Washington never backs up and is always putting the pressure on his opponent either by throwing strikes, going for takedowns or working on the mat. Look for Hobby and Washington to have a huge collision in the opening round as each man tries to impose his will. For the winner, he will walk away a champion.

Kiwi Rodriguez (4-1) fights Darneal Stephens (4-2) in a lightweight tilt. This could be a de facto #1 Contender fight for the main event winner. Rodriguez started fighting back in 2009 and looks to continue his amateur climb up the ranks. Rodriguez packs KO power in both hands and has defeated 3 opponents via knockout. Look for his fists to be flying. Stephens fights with a high risk-high reward style and always comes to bang so this fight is sure to be explosive. Don't blink.

Oscar Sanchez (1-0) takes on Dylan Mullins (2-0) at flyweight. Sanchez won his first outing via decision in a tough fight and looks to build on that by mixing up his attacks more and going for a finish this time around. Mullins has defeated both of his opponents via submission in the first round so he has never had his cardio tested. Then again, he has never needed to have it tested yet.

Chris Flores (3-4) fights Westin Wilson (2-1) in a featherweight scrap. Flores looks to get back in the win column and even his record to .500 while Wilson is looking to use his distance and rack up points before going in for the finish. Both men are dangerous in this fight and have something to prove which means an exciting bout for the fans.

Don't miss this 13-bout card featuring The Future Stars of MMA fighting today and representing themselves and some of the top gyms around at "Mayhem in Mesquite IV". Watch all of these fights on March 1 LIVE on pay-per-view only at GFL.tv!

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Ford V Powell!

World Series Of Fighting Canada

World Series of Fighting Canada's first fight card of 2014 airs this Friday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN.

The two-hour broadcast features six action-packed contests from "World Series of Fight Canada: Ford vs. Powell," including Ryan Ford vs. Joel Powell for the World Series of Fighting Canada welterweight title, Steve Mocco vs. Smealinho Rama, Michael Hill vs. Ryan Dickson, Adam Lorenz vs. Josh Machan, Brandt Dewsbery vs. Mark Drummond and Will Romero vs. Lenny Wheeler.

"Our team at World Series of Fighting Canada are truly fantastic at what they do, and they assembled an incredible set of matchups for this event," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I think fans are going to love the action that unfolds on this two-hour broadcast. We've got some real superstars-in-the-making in our Canadian division, and you're going to be able to see them perform on NBCSN."

"World Series of Fight Canada: Ford vs. Powell" took place Feb. 21 at Alberta's Edmonton Expo Centre. The action was recorded live and now debuts on NBCSN this Friday night.

World Series of Fighting returns to action on March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares."

Featuring World Series of Fighting welterweight champ Steve Carl defending his belt against Brazilian submission wizard Rousimar Palhares and bantamweights Marlon Moraes and Josh Rettinghouse competing for the promotion's inaugural 135-pound title, World Series of Fighting 9 airs live on NBCSN.

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Returns To Dublin

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is back in Dublin, Ireland, this weekend for the promotion’s second event of 2014.

CWFC 65, which will be headlined by the clash of top lightweight contenders John Maguire and Saul Rogers, takes place at The Helix on Saturday evening, March 1.

As always, the event will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE. Doors open at 5pm, with the first of 11 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7pm. An undercard of five amateur contests will kick off at 5.45pm.

The six-bout main card stars at 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT).

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Jim Alers!

Vacates CWFC Featherweight Title For Move To UFC

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight title has officially been vacated by Jim Alers (12-1). The reigning champion has relinquished the belt in order to take up an offer from the UFC, which triggered a release clause in his CWFC deal and sees the Florida native depart the promotion following a hugely successful seven-fight stint.

Alers is set to make his UFC debut against Alan Omer in Abu Dhabi on Friday, April 11, almost a year to the day since being crowned the CWFC featherweight champion.

He said: “I want to thank everyone who has believed in me and supported me from the beginning. Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is one of the biggest reasons I’ve been signed by the UFC.

“They gave me the opportunity to shine around the world and get my name out there. Thank you to everyone at Cage Warriors, from Graham Boylan to all the fans. It’s been a pleasure being your champion.”

After picking up Cage Warriors wins over Brandon Ocasio and Brent Silva early in his career, Alers returned to fight for Cage Warriors in May 2012, when he stopped Matteus Lahdesmaki by TKO to earn a shot at the CWFC belt, which was then in the possession of Conor McGregor.

An injury to McGregor forced the postponement of their meeting, which was fixed for that September, so instead Alers submitted Marcio Cesar in the meantime to maintain his winning momentum.

His shot at McGregor was rescheduled for his opponent’s hometown of Dublin on New Year’s Eve 2012, but another injury - this time sustained by Alers - saw the bout scrapped once again.

McGregor later moved to the UFC, so Alers was pencilled in for a tilt at the vacant strap against Finland’s Joni Salovaara in Glasgow on April 13 of last year, when he emerged with a fourth-round submission win to take the belt back across the Atlantic.

The 27-year-old was taken the distance for the first time in his career when he made his inaugural title defence in Cardiff last September, but Swedish challenger Martin Svensson found himself on the end of a unanimous-decision loss to Alers in the Welsh capital.

Defending the CWFC gold for the second time in his most recent outing, Alers overcame Scottish star Graham Turner via second-round submission to retain the strap.

“Jim leaves with our best wishes, having been a great CWFC champion and a consummate professional throughout his time with us,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“He treated us to some magnificent performances and I believe he’ll go on to do extremely well in the years to come.”

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Johns V Brum!

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight title-holder Brett Johns is set to put his belt on the line in his native Wales.

Johns (9-0) will take on James Brum on Saturday, April 12, 2014, when the promotion travels to Swansea for the first time for CWFC 67.

The highly-anticipated meeting of Johns and Brum will headline the bill at The LC, having originally been scheduled for CWFC 62 in Newcastle this past December, until an injury forced the champion to withdraw.

Undefeated Johns climbed to the summit of the CWFC bantamweight division at Cage Warriors 59 last September in Cardiff, when he overcame both David Haggstrom and Jordan Desborough in the same evening to win the promotion’s four-man 135lbs title tournament.

A judo black belt, Johns debuted for Cage Warriors in October 2012 as a featherweight, when he impressively overcame Sam Gilbert by unanimous decision. His next CWFC win came via second-round TKO at the expense of James MacAlister at Cage Warriors 54 in May of last year.

“I’m really thankful to Cage Warriors to giving me the chance to defend my belt in my hometown,” said Johns. “I’m training harder than ever and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the gold around my waist.

“Thanks to James Brum for accepting the fight. He’s been one of the best fighters in Britain for years and it will be good to throw down with him.”

Brum (14-2) competes for the CWFC bantamweight title on the back of putting together a 7-0 streak under the Cage Warriors banner since making his debut for the promotion in February 2012.

A 26-year-old native of Portsmouth, England, Brum hasn’t tasted defeat since facing current UFC star Erik Perez back in September 2011.

Brum was named CWFC Fighter of the Year for 2012, courtesy of victories over Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville and Moktar Benkaci, before continuing his winning streak in 2013 against Olivier Pastor, Ruslan Abiltarov and - most recently, at December’s Cage Warriors 61 in Amman - Marat Pekov.

Brum said: “I’ve been training with the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world at Team Alpha Male in preparation for this fight, and I’ve told the boys that I’ll be bringing my new shiny gold belt with me when I return to California.

“In Swansea on April 12 I’ll be delivering a first taste of defeat to Brett Johns in his own backyard, before walking out as the new Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bantamweight champion.”

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Fight Night 10

Officials can today confirm the first batch of bouts for CWFC Fight Night 10, which takes place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, March 28.

The event, which will be CWFC’s fourth in as many countries in 2014, will feature a big middleweight bout between Allan Love and Norman Paraisy, an exciting flyweight clash between Marcin Lasota and Paul Marin, as well as the meeting of English featherweights Dave Hill and Liam James.

Paraisy (13-3-2), a 27-year-old Frenchman, is undefeated in his last four bouts, including a win over Leeroy Barnes and a draw with Chris Fields under the CWFC banner.

A former TUF contestant and three-fight Bellator veteran, Paraisy has been stopped just once in 18 bouts.

Love (11-4), who has taken all 11 career wins inside the distance, returns to fight for CWFC for the third time in his career, on the back of a four-fight win-streak.

Most recently, the 30-year-old Scotsman overcame previously unbeaten Russian prospect Magomed Magomedov and experienced Brazilian Alan Carlos.

Elsewhere, Lasota (7-0) is an unbeaten Polish fighter who has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects since making his professional debut in 2011.

Ranked as Poland’s top bantamweight, the 24-year-old will be making his flyweight debut against Paul Marin in the Jordanian capital.

Marin (7-3) had an impressive 2013 with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, competing four times for the promotion.

Following losses to ex-CWFC champions Paul McVeigh and Neil Seery, the 29-year-old Romanian rebounded to defeat Shaj Haque and Spencer Hewitt.

Meanwhile, former CWFC featherweight title contender Dave Hill will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2010 when he clashes with Liam James at CWFC Fight Night 10.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hill (11-3), who has eight submission victories on his ledger, bounced back from his loss to Conor McGregor with a convincing win over Brian Moore at CWFC 59 in Cardiff last September.

A six-fight CWFC veteran, James (8-6) will be keen to get back in the win column following his December defeat to Ian Entwistle at CWFC 62 in Newcastle.

To date, the 29-year-old holds three CWFC victories - over Jean N’Doye, Stephen Coll and Akhad Mammadov.

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Neil Seery!

Moves To The UFC

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship flyweight title-holder Neil Seery has been released from his contract with the promotion.

Seery (13-9) has vacated the belt in order to take up an offer from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with the 34-year-old Irishman set to make his UFC debut against Brad Pickett in London on March 8.

A native of Dublin, Seery competed six times for CWFC on his way to making history by becoming the promotion’s first ever 125lbs champion.

“I’m really looking forward to making my UFC debut but I’d like to thank Cage Warriors for giving me the opportunities that have gotten me to this stage,” said Seery.

“I’m very grateful for that and being their first flyweight champion has been the highlight of my career.”

Having put together a 4-1 record under the Cage Warriors banner, Seery then defeated Mikael Silander to clinch the inaugural flyweight title at CWFC 55 in his hometown of Dublin in June 2013.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “I want to thank Neil for putting on some outstanding performances for us over the last few years and for always being a pleasure to deal with.

“He’s one of the hardest-working fighters in the sport and I wish him the very best in the UFC. Personally I’m also looking forward to the fight.

“Seery and Pickett have a lot in common; they’re a similar age, they started their careers at around the same time and neither fighter has been KO’d. Seery is 6-1 in his last seven fights. This is a Rocky story.”

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Churilov V Dalby!

CWFC 66

The CWFC welterweight world title will be on the line when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Denmark next month.

Home favourite Nicolas Dalby will take on Ukraine’s Sergei Churilov for the vacant 170lbs belt in the main event at CWFC 66 at Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena on Saturday, March 22.

CWFC officials can today confirm that the belt has been vacated by previous champion Cathal Pendred, who has been released from his contract by mutual agreement.

Dalby (11-0), Scandinavia’s highest-ranked welterweight outside the UFC, is undefeated in his 11 professional bouts since making his debut in March 2010.

The well-rounded 29-year-old holds notable wins over Morten Djursaa, Ivica Truscek, Acoidan Duque and Glenn Sparv.

Commenting on the opportunity to compete for the CWFC belt in his hometown, Dalby said: “I’m extremely excited about fighting for this prestigious title. I’ll do my utmost to ensure that CWFC, the fans in the arena and the viewers at home are treated to a very entertaining fight.”

Churilov (15-1), a team-mate of former CWFC middleweight title challenger Pavel Kusch at Ukraine’s renowned Combat Dobro camp, has taken 11 of his 15 professional victories inside the first round.

The 29-year-old previously competed for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship at CWFC 46 in Kiev, when he impressively submitted Anatoly Starodubtsev.

“I’m really happy to have been given this massive opportunity by the biggest MMA organisation in Europe,” said Churilov. “I’m working hard to make sure that I do everything I can to bring the belt back to Ukraine.”

Paul Dollery, Cage Warriors’ Director of Operations, added: “This has all the ingredients to be a fantastic bout, headlining our historic first ever event in Scandinavia, and the winner will be a very worthy CWFC champion.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Cathal Pendred for his time as an outstanding CWFC athlete and champion, and we sincerely wish him the best for what will undoubtedly be an exciting future for him.”

The meeting of Dalby versus Churilov is just one of nine bouts that have today been confirmed for CWFC 66. With several bouts still to be announced, check out the current fight card below:

Sergei Churilov vs. Nicolas Dalby - CWFC welterweight title bout

Mohsen Bahari vs. Bruno Carvalho

Robbie Olivier vs. Martin Svensson

Martin Akhtar vs. Toni Tauru Damir Hadzovic vs. Tommy Maguire

Hakon Foss vs. Per Franklin

Emma Delaney vs. Lina Akhtar Lansberg

Rioo Ibrahim vs. Alexander Jacobsen

Haci Firat Dogan vs. Mathias Lodahl

Tickets for CWFC 66 at Copenhagen’s Ballerup Super Arena will go on sale soon

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World Series Of Fighting 9!

Lineup Complete With Addition Of Six Preliminary Contests

With a stacked main card already in place that includes two championship contests, World Series of Fighting 9's full lineup is now complete with the addition of six preliminary bouts.

The intriguing contests include no less than 10 of Las Vegas' finest mixed martial artists, as the "Fight Capital of the World" will be well represented on the card. The new matchups include featherweights Chris "Gritz" Gruetzemacher (11-1) vs. John "Guns" Gunderson (34-15), bantamweights Sean Cantor (1-0) vs. Bryson Hansen (6-1), welterweights "Filthy" Phil Dace (9-4) vs. Danny "Dee1" Davis (8-8-1), bantamweights Jimmy "Rabbit" Jones (4-2) vs. "Ruthless" Rudy Morales (2-0), lightweights Gil Guardado (2-0) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza (2-0) and debuting lightweights Tanner Cowan (0-0) vs. A.J. Williams (0-0).

"One of the great things about being based in Las Vegas is the proximity to so many of the world's absolute best MMA camps," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "With us returning to our home base for this amazing event, it made sense for us to feature some of the city's best talent, and I think we've put together a preliminary card that is going to deliver an entertaining evening ahead of our spectacular NBCSN-broadcast main-card lineup."

"World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," which features a welterweight title fight between champ Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares, as well as Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse for the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title, takes place March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Gruetzemacher, a member of The MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., brings an impressive 10-fight winning streak to the cage. He faces Gunderson, a Syndicate MMA fighter who drops to featherweight for the first time in his career in this, his 50th professional fight.

Cantor is a Wanderlei Silva product who earned a close split-decision win in his professional debut. He now returns against Xtreme Couture fighter and transplanted Hawaiian Hansen, who recently rebounded from his first professional loss with a TKO win over Jesus Alvarado.

Syndicate MMA fighter Dace fought most recently in May, where he downed Jesus Wong via TKO. He now meets "Dee 1" Davis, who currently boasts a two-fight winning streak.

Xtreme Couture's Jones remains one of Las Vegas' most personable fighters, and he looks to rebound from a November 2012 loss to Sergio Pettis. He faces the hard-hitting Morales, who has earned two quick wins since turning pro in August.

Xtreme Couture' Guardado followed up his undefeated amateur career by turning pro in March 2012 and is still unbeaten after picking up a pair of stoppage wins. Meanwhile, Syndicate MMA's Spicuzza is also unbeaten through the first two fights of his professional career.

Rounding out the card, Utah's Cowan travels to Las Vegas to meet Syndicate MMA's Williams in a bout where each man makes his professional debut.

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TRIPLE A MMA!

March 29th

Orthrus Promotions makes its New Mexico return live from the Camel Rock Casino, as “Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock,” hits the Rock Showroom Saturday March 29th, 2014 near Santa Fe, NM starting at 6pm/MT. Tickets, which start at just $20.00, are on sale now at www.TripleAMMA.com or by calling 505-508-0876.

In the night's headlining contest, Pojoaque native Angelo “San I Warrior” Sanchez (11-5) meets Jackson-Winklejohn’s Gabriel “Moggly” Benitez (15-4). Sanchez, the one-time Bellator MMA veteran, looks to start his 2014 campaign in the win column against the hard-hitting Tijuana native Gabriel Benitez. Benitez, who by all accounts is on the fast track to the UFC when they enter into Mexico, has a 93% finishing rate in fifteen professional victories and looks to make Sanchez number sixteen.

The co-feature sees featherweight sluggers Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (4-1) and Derek Perez (4-2) clash in a matchup that is sure to compete for Orthrus Promotions Fight of the Night Award! Quintana, who trains with Luttrell’s MMA camp in the Rio Rancho area, will look to step back in the cage for the first time in over a year and shake off the cage rust with a win over tough Los Lunas native Derek Perez (4-2). Perez, who owns and operates Perez Fighting System, will look to play spoiler and improve his record to 5 and 2, which will no doubt place him among the next wave of top New Mexico prospects.

New Mexico Combat Sports Fan’s asked for it, and most thought it would never happen, but it’s happening March 29th 2014 at “Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock” event. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black-Belts Quinn Mulhern (Gracie Barra-NM) and Josh Lanier (Hybrid Jiu-Jitsu) will compete in New Mexico’s first ever No-Gi Super-fight brought to you by Combat Sports Club inside the Triple A MMA Cage! Mulhern, who recently announced his retirement from MMA/UFC action, looks to keep his competitive juices flowing by taking on fellow BJJ player Josh Lanier in a winner take all, submission only bout. Lanier, who also recently retired from MMA/Bellator action, will look to cement his grappling skills within the New Mexico Combat Sports community by playing Jiu-Jitsu with the Gracie-Barra NM Professor.

Also making their professional debuts at Triple A MMA V will be 2013 SW Fight News Amateur Fighter of the Year Jerome Rivera, as well Joel Whitney, Natalie Roy, Nikki Lowe and Levi Lucero.

The night's eleven bout-fight card will be streamed live at www.TripleAMMA.com.

The complete fight card is listed below:

Pro Main Event

145: Angelo “San I Warrior” Sanchez vs. Gabriel “Moggly” Benitez

Pro Semi-Main Event

145: Andres Quintana vs. Derek Perez

NO-GI SUBMISSION ONLY SUPERFIGHT

Open: Quinn Mulhern vs. Josh Lanier

Featured Pro Female Bout

105: Natalie Roy vs. Nikki Lowe

Pro Bout

135: Joel Whitney vs. Stephan Cervantes

Pro Bout

125: Jerome Rivera vs. Levi Lucero

Under-Card

130: Lindsay Jones vs. Michelle Williamson

170: Carlos Casados vs. Dennis Garcia

140: Max Spiller vs. Bruce Lee Romero

155: Johel Delone vs. Nate Armstrong

125: Javier Cepeda vs. Kip Lewis

*Card Subject to Change*

“Triple A MMA V: Redemption at the Rock," presented by Orthrus Promotions, is the third combat sports event of 2014, with more to be announced very soon!

*Tickets are $20 for GA, $30, $40 and $50. All seats are reserved and available to purchase now online, www.TripleAMMA.com, or by calling 505-508-0876.

*Additional fees may apply.

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Grapplers Quest!

Feb 21-22

Grapplers Quest® is proud to host the first East Coast instructional seminar appearance of Pro MMA Veteran and UFC Fan Expo Superfight Champion, Bill "The Grill" Cooper, February 21, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. ET, at Black Belt Martial Arts Centers in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey (located at 197 Boulevard). Space is extremely limited, only 13 spots remain - Register online for just $75 in Advance at: http://bit.ly/BillCooperSeminar

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Grapplers Quest is hosting a LiveGrappling.com Exclusive LIVE Streaming featuring a $1,000 Cash plus a Compete Free for Life at Grapplers Quest valued at $1,500+. The "King of the Mat" Submission Only, No Time Limit Tournament is Open to All Men 18+ featuring Bill "The Grill" Cooper, Garry Tonon (ADCC Standout and Tom DeBlass Black Belt), Nick Pace (UFC Veteran) and Dante Rivera (UFC Veteran, Ricardo Almeida Black Belt) will be competing in the No Time Limit Absolute Submission Only Tournament on Saturday, February 22 starting LIVE at 1:00 PM EST streaming Worldwide at: http://LiveGrappling.com

Competitors of Expert and Advanced Submission Grappling or other Ground Fighting Styles are Open to Enter the $1,000 Professional Tournament for just $85 online at: http://bit.ly/ChallengeTheWorldLive - Don't delay, get a Free Rashguard ($50 value), Free T-Shirt ($30 value) plus Save $25 off at the door pricing, go to: http://bit.ly/ChallengeTheWorldLive

Spectators for Saturday, February 22 are Pre-Sale Only - There are only 17 Spectator Tickets remaining for this high profile LIVE event. Purchase spectator tickets remaining for $35 each - Advance Purchase Only, Super Limited Front Row Seating Only at: http://bit.ly/LiveGrapplingLive

Registration for Men 18+ Expert Grapplers Only - Savings End Thursday, February 20th at 11:59 PM EST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/ChallengeTheWorldLive or at the door. Spectators can purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/LiveGrapplingLive

LiveGrappling.com, nicknamed "The NetFlix of Submission Fighting" and streaming All Grapplers Quest DVDs, 24+ Never Seen Before Grappling Television Episodes, Full Seminars Plus Live Streams from every event worldwide at: http://LiveGrappling.com

LiveGrappling.com launched and is streaming to subscribers Worldwide in Australia, Brazil, Spain, France, The United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Russia and The United States for less than $5 USD per month. Grand launch Special Promotion is 14 Days Free Trial - Sign up and start watching hundreds of commercial free videos at: http://LiveGrappling.com

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Denis Smoldarev!

The Brock Lesner Of Estonia

The new breed of MMA heavyweights, M-1 Global Heavyweight contender Denis Smoldarev, will be unleashed February 28 in the main event of M-1 Challenge 45 against Ante "Walking Trouble" Delija, at Atmosphere Show Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

M-1 Challenge 45 will air live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

Smoldarev (5-0-0, 2 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), known as "The Brock Lesner of Estonia," battles the man billed as the next great Croatian MMA star, Delila (9-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), in a M-1 Global title elimination fight to determine the No. 1 heavyweight contender.

Standing 6' 5" and tipping the scales at 250-pounds, Smoldarev (pictured to left) is a physically imposing athlete who was the heavyweight winner of the M-1 Selection Grand Prix. Only 24 years old, he advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 M-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix but was forced out of the competition only two days prior to his scheduled fight due to a knee injury.

"I definitely consider myself a new generation of MMA fighter, as diversified as possible," said Smoldarev, who started studying judo at the age of 12. "I can fight both on my feet and wrestle on the ground. I prefer to win via decision but always look forward to an error my opponent makes so I can finish him early, if possible. I believe I've already made an impact in my first few fights."

At 6' 4 ¾" and 230-pounds, Delila has stopped all nine of his defeated opponents within the distance. "He is tall, strong, heavy, fast and versatile," Smoldarev noted. "Overall, he is a very good opponent. We're going to go at it!"

The main event between Smoldarev and Delila (pictured to right) also has world title implications with the coveted M-1 Global top heavyweight contender position on the line. This summer the Smoldarev-Delila winner will most likely fight for the M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship, against either defending champion Damian Grabowski or his upcoming challenger Marcin Tybura.

"I recently found out about this but I don't feel any pressure," Smoldarev spoke about his title eliminator fight with Delilja. "I think that I will deserve to fight for the title with a victory in this fight. Either fighter (Grabowski or Tybura) will be a good opponent."

The M-1 Challenge 45 undercard is loaded with many of the best MMA fighters in the world battling in five Super Fights.

Finnish star and M-1 Global lightweight title challenger Nikko Puhakka (28-14-0, 5 KO/TKO, 8 SUB) faces undefeated Russian kick-boxing specialist, hot prospect Maxim Divnich (7-0-0, 4 KO/TKO). Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera (17-5-3, 4 KO/TKO, 7 SUB) meets unbeaten Russian Sambo Master Ilya Doderkin (3-0, 3 SUB).

Former M-1 Global light heavyweight Marcin Zontek (12-8-0, 6 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Poland, takes on 20-year-old Russian striker Rashid Yusupov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 1 SUB). Bulgarian featherweight prospect Sotir Kichukov (12-1, 2 KOs, 7 SUB) brings his seven-fight win streak into his throw-down with Russian grappling artist Yunus Evloev (12-6-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB).

Rakhman Makhadzhiev (1-0-0, 1 SUB), a standout grappler, fights wrestling specialist Sergey Andreev (5-2-0, 2 SUB) in a match-up between a talented pair of 23-year-old Russian lightweights.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Returns This Saturday

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns this Saturday, February 15, with the opening event of the promotion’s 2014 schedule.

CWFC 64, which will be headlined by a highly-anticipated bout between bantamweight contenders James Pennington and Cory Tait, takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

As always, the event will be broadcast live to every corner of the world, while tickets are available to purchase HERE. Doors open at 5.45pm, with the first of 11 professional bouts scheduled to begin at 7pm local time.

The six-bout main card kicks off at 9pm GMT (4pm ET/1pm PT), following three Facebook prelims, which stream live and free of charge to the entire world from 7.45pm GMT (2.45pm ET/11.45am PT).

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World Series Of Fighting!

Main Card Lineup Complete

The five-fight, NBCSN-televised main card for World Series of Fighting 9 is now complete with the addition of three new contests, including welterweights Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman (26-10) vs. Tyler "The Evolution" Stinson (27-9), lightweights Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-1) vs. Johnny Nunez (4-0) and featherweights Mike Corey (12-3-1) vs. Shane Kruchten (11-2).

The three new bouts join a pair of previously announced championship matchups at "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares," which takes place March 29 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

"We were already excited for this card with our welterweight champion Steve Carl facing Rousimar Palhares and Marlon Moraes facing Josh Rettinghouse for our inaugural featherweight title," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "But now we're adding a big welterweight fight with two fan favorites in Josh Burkman and Tyler Stinson, as well as two key bouts that could see some of our developing contenders make a big statement in the lightweight and featherweight divisions.

"This card should be absolutely fantastic."

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT local time) following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Burkman, of Salt Lake City, returns to the decagon following a failed October attempt to claim the World Series of Fighting's inaugural welterweight belt. The loss put an end to Burkman's impressive five-fight winning streak that included World Series of Fighting victories over MMA notables Jon Fitch, Aaron Simpson and Gerald Harris.

Meanwhile, Stinson, who's based in Denver, made his World Series of Fighting debut in January, earning a hard-fought TKO win over Valdir Araujo. The 28-year-old Stinson now boasts four consecutive wins and makes his first main-card appearance for the promotion.

Dugulubgov, who trains with Renzo Gracie's team in New York, seeks his third straight World Series of Fighting victory. After outpointing Chris Wade at World Series of Fighting 2, Dugulubgov scored an impressive submission victory over Andrew Osborne with a second-round Achilles lock at September's World Series of Fighting 5 event and now owns a four-fighting winning streak.

Nunez, who's based at Las Vegas' Syndicate MMA, made his pro debut in 2012 and has gone unbeaten at 4-0 with three stoppages. The impressive prospect now makes his World Series of Fighting debut.

Corey, a Team Curran fighter based in Chicago, fights for the first time under the World Series of Fighting banner. Seven of his 12 career wins have come by way of stoppage, including six submissions. The 29-year-old looks to rebound from a disappointing April loss but was unbeaten in his seven prior appearances.

Kruchten, a San Diego-based fighter who trains at The Arena, lost the first two fights of his pro career. However, he has since rebounded with 11 straight wins, including nine victories by stoppage. He now makes his World Series of Fighting debut, as well.

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Johnston V Hendricks!

Set For Next Month

AXS TV’s Inside MMA announced Friday that undefeated Melrose, Mass., heavyweight John Johnston will fight for the vacant CES MMA championship March 14th, 2014 at Twin River Casino against former Ultimate Fighting Championships veteran Josh Hendricks.

The 6-foot-4 Johnston (5-0, 5 KOs) is fresh off his fifth knockout win in as many tries after stopping William Baptiste just 1 minute, 49 seconds into the opening round of their scheduled three-round bout Jan. 24th courtesy of a vicious head kick that sent both fighters crashing to the canvas.

Training out of Sityodtong in Boston, Johnston has yet to fight past the second round, winning four of his five professional bouts by first-round knockout. Facing Hendricks (19-9, 5 KOs), a Mansfield, Ohio native, will be a major step up for Johnston. The first and only time he fought at Twin River, Hendricks submitted Josh Diekmann via triangle choke in the opening round of their heavyweight bout, one of Hendricks’ 12 career submission victories.

Between 2005 and 2007, Hendricks amassed an impressive streak in which he won 10 of 11 bouts with one no contest, earning him a spot on the UFC 91 card in November of 2008 in Las Vegas, where he lost to Gabriel Gonzaga.

The March 14th card will also feature the return of Bourne, Mass., welterweight Chuck O’Neil (12-6, 4 KOs); Providence lightweight Luis Felix (10-7, 3 KOs) and Boynton Beach, Fla., welterweight Charles Rosa (6-0, 2 KOs), a graduate of Providence’s Johnson & Wales University. For more information or to pre-order tickets, visit www.cesmma.com.

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Simeon Thoresen!

Signs With Cage Warriors Fighting Championship

Simeon Thoresen is the latest addition to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

Thoresen (17-4-1) has signed a five-fight deal, which will see him compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of 18 months.

The Norwegian welterweight, who previously fought under the CWFC banner in 2008, joins the promotion following a three-fight stint with the UFC.

Having submitted Besam Yousef in his UFC debut in April 2012, Thoresen will be eager to returning to winning ways with Cage Warriors following losses to Seth Baczynski and David Mitchell.

A submission specialist, Thoresen has taken all but one of his 17 professional wins inside the distance, 15 of which have come by way of tap-out.

The 29-year-old holds other notable wins over the likes of Fabricio Nascimento and current CWFC star and fellow UFC veteran John Maguire.

He said: “Cage Warriors is a great organisation, very professionally run, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m really excited about fighting again in 2014.”

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Ford V Powell!

WSOF Canada

World Series of Fighting Canada will crown its first Canadian welterweight champion, as one of Canada's best, Edmonton, Alberta's own Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford (21-4) takes on the KO artist Joel Powell (7-3) of Hamilton, Ontario.

The bout headlines "World Series of Fighting Canada: Ford vs. Powell," which takes place Friday, Feb. 21 at Alberta's Edmonton Expo Centre. Tickets for the event, which start at just $60 and include cageside seats for just $180, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are already almost sold out!

"World Series of Fighting Canada: Ford vs. Powell," which will feature a full lineup of top Canadian talent airs on NBCSN on Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. ET.

"Ford and Powell have been on a collision course this past year, as both guys have just been steamrolling their opponents," World Series of Fighting Canada COO Darren Owen said. "This fight was supposed to happen in July, but injury forced Powell out of the matchup, and Ford went on to claim the Aggression Fighting Championship welterweight title against Michael Hill. In that fight, Ford broke his arm early in the first round but went on to submit Hill late in the fifth round with the broken arm. Both fighters are now healthy and injury free and will put on what a lot of people think will be a fight-of-the-year type performance."

MMA fans know Ford for his aggressive fighting style and remember his wins over MMA notables Luis "Sapo" Santos, Karo Parisyan and Pete Spratt, among others. Ford has won nine out of his past 10 fights and has 19 finishes in his 21 career victories.

Powell has been on a tear as of late, winning 6 out of his last 7 bouts since 2008, while boasting an undefeated record while competing as a welterweight. With wins over Brandt Dewsbery, Advin Omic, George Lockhart and Michael Hill.

The winner of this main event will be crowned the inaugural World Series of Fighting Canadian welterweight champion.

In the night's co-main event, top heavyweight prospects collide as the heavy-handed Smealinho "The Prince" Rama (6-1) meets (4-0) Steve Mocco a U.S. Olympic wrestler who is widely considered one of the greatest wrestlers in US history. Mocco is also regarded as one of the top Heavyweight prospects in all of MMA who owns 5 wrestling victories over UFC Champion Cain Velasquez.

Main Card:

170lbs- Ryan Ford (21-4) vs. Joel Powell (7-3)

**Canadian Welterweight Title Fight**

265lbs- Steve Mocco (4-0) vs. Smealinho Rama (6-1)

170lbs- Michael Hill (6-2) vs. Ryan Dickson (6-1)

145lbs- Josh Machan (11-4) vs. Adam Lorenz (7-3)

170lbs- Brandt Dewsbery (10-3-1) vs. Mark Drummond (5-1)

Preliminary Card:

145lbs- Lenny Wheeler (6-3) vs. Will Romero (9-4)

200lbs- Matt Baker (9-5) vs. Mike Kent (9-4)

265lbs- Tim Hague (15-8) vs. Lee Mein (6-12)

135lbs- Owen Carr (4-2-1) vs. Maged Hammo (5-3)

145lbs- Behrang Yousefi (5-3) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (0-0)

155lbs- Roger Alves (1-1) vs. Jemark Brady (2-2)

170lbs- Justin Evans (0-0) vs. Stuart Fontaine (0-0)

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Carl V Palhares!

March 29

The World Series of Fighting returns home to the fight capital of the world for "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares."

World Series of Fighting, the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion, returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on March 29 with a pair of championship titles on the line, as welterweight title holder Steve Carl (21-3) defends his belt against Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares (15-5) and bantamweight Marlon Moraes (12-4-1), a world-ranked top-10 contender, meets Josh "The Finisher" Rettinghouse (10-2) for the promotion's inaugural 135-pound championship.

"We are very excited to be returning home for this incredible fight card," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Steve Carl will have a real serious challenge ahead for the first defense of his welterweight title as he faces Rousimar Palhares, and Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse will be an incredible fight and a great way to crown our first bantamweight champion.

"We're working on a few more fights that we should be able to announce shortly, but fans are really going to love the lineup for this event, and great fights are guaranteed."

The 29-year-old Carl earned World Series of Fighting's welterweight belt in October with a dramatic, fourth-round submission win over Josh Burkman. The Iowa native has already earned three victories under the World Series of Fighting banner and currently boasts a seven-fight winning streak.

For his first title defense, Carl now meets submission expert and one of the most feared men in MMA, Rousimar Palhares. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship silver medalist, the 33-year-old Palhares is a grappling master who has earned 11 of his 15 career wins by way of submission.

Meanwhile, Moraes has quickly established himself as one of world's best fighters at 135 pounds and has already earned four wins for the promotion after downing Carson Beebe, Brandon Hempleman, Tyson Nam and Miguel Torres. A former Muay Thai Brazilian national champion, Moraes currently trains under respected MMA legend Ricardo Almeida. The 25-year-old Moraes is currently ranked as the No. 8 bantamweight in the world by Fightmatrix.com.

Moraes now meets Washington's Rettinghouse. The 23-year-old made his World Series of Fighting debut in October, earning a hard-fought decision win over Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Alexis Vila. Rettinghouse has won his past eight fights, and eight of his 10 career victories have come by stoppage.

Additional fights will be announced shortly.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 9, which start at just $39, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at The Joint box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The night's featured fights air live on NBCSN following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.


M-1 Challenge 45!

February 28 In St. Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Global Heavyweight contender Denis Smoldarev headlines M-1 Challenge 45 on Friday night, February 28 against Ante "Walking Trouble" Delija at Atmosphere Show Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The main event is an intriguing heavyweight showdown between Estonia's undefeated Smoldarev (5-0-0, 2 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) and Delila (9-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), who has been billed as the next great Croatian MMA star.

The 6' 5", 250-pound Smoldarev, who has a judo and sambo background, was the heavyweight winner of the M-1 Selection Grand Prix. The 24-year-old advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 M-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix but was forced to pull out only two days prior to the fight due to a knee injury. Delila, who stands 6' 4 ¾" and weighs 230-pounds, is best known for his killer instinct having stopped within the distance all nine of the opponents he has defeated.

M-1 Challenge 45 will air live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

"This first event of 2014 for M-1 Global kicks off with some great rivalries and important fights to determine who is going to fight for the title," M1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein said. "This fight is for the No. 1 Heavyweight contender between two very talented and enormous young prospects. Smoldarev is unbeaten in seven bouts while Delija has only one loss and is considered to be the next big thing in Croatian MMA. Whoever wins is likely to challenge the M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion (champion Damian Grabowski will defend next vs. Marcin Tybura) in the summer."

M-1 Global is the No. 1 European MMA organization, as well as one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1998. Superstar Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA history, has been the face of M-1 Global around the combat sports world for the past decade.

The M-1 Challenge series has traditionally introduced a new wave of potential MMA stars, showcasing elite athletes from Russia and across Europe. Many fighters who fall into the aforementioned category will be showcased on M-1 Challenge 45.

The M-1 Challenge 45 event is stacked from top-to-bottom, featuring five Super Fights to go along with the main event.

M-1 Global lightweight title challenger Nikko Puhakka (28-14-0, 5 KO/TKO, 8 SUB) meets undefeated Russian prospect Maxim Divnich (7-0-0, 4 KO/TKO). Puhakka's a skilled submission artist with tremendous stamina. He was one of the best Team Finland fighters in the 2009 M-1 Challenge Team Championships. Divnich is a high-regarded kick-boxer who, of course, prefers to fight on his feet.

Tough Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera (17-5-3, 4 KO/TKO, 7 SUB) faces unbeaten Russian sensation Ilya Doderkin (3-0, 3 SUB). Tabera will be making his welterweight debut having previously fought in all weight divisions between middleweight and heavyweight, while Doderkin has achieved status of Master of Sports in Sambo (Russian Federation).

Battle-tested Polish light heavyweight Marcin Zontek (12-8-0, 6 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) will battle 20-year-old Russian striker Rashid Yusupov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 1 SUB). A past M-1 Global light heavyweight title challenger, Zontek has never been knocked out and he returns to action after a lengthy lay-off due to multiple injuries following his "Best Fight of 2013" effort against Sergey Korneev. Yusupov graduated to professional MMA after winning top honors in Russian and World Amateur MMA tournaments last year, in which he stopped all of his opponents in the latter competition.

Hot Bulgarian prospect Sotir Kichukov (12-1, 2 KOs, 7 SUB) rides a seven-fight win streak into his match-up with veteran Russian featherweight Yunus Evloev (12-6-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB). The 23-year-old Kichukov is an outstanding grappler and Maxfight Bantamweight Champion back in his country. The winner of multiple international grappling tournaments, Evloev started his MMA career in 2005 as a lightweight.

A pair of 23-year-old Russian lightweights, Rakhman Makhadzhiev (1-0-0, 1 SUB) and Sergey Andreev (5-2-0, 2 SUB), round-out the M-1 Challenge 45 event. Another standout grappler, Makhadzhiev is dropping down from the welterweight division. He was a 2012 Russian National and European Amateur MMA Champion. Andreev is an aggressive fighter with a solid wrestling base. He won a four-man amateur tournament at M-1 Challenge 41.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Invades Copenhagen

Scandinavia will taste live Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action for the first time on Saturday, March 22.

Cage Warriors 66, which will be the promotion’s third event of 2014, is set to take place at the Ballerup Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The event will feature top Scandinavian stars like Nicolas Dalby, Jack Hermansson and Mohsen Bahari, and tickets will go on sale shortly.

“I’ve got four events in Scandinavia on our schedule for this year and I’m really excited about the first of those in Denmark next month,” said Cage Warriors Fighting Championship CEO Graham Boylan.

“This will be an historic event as we visit another new country - the 12th to host Cage Warriors in recent years - and it will be headlined by a massive title bout, details of which will be announced very soon.”


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Broadcast Free To Air In Scandinavia With Viasat

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is delighted to announce that it has penned an exciting new agreement with Nordic broadcaster Viasat.

The deal will see all CWFC events in 2014 carried by Viasat’s free-to-air networks in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, including live transmission of the promotion’s four events in Scandinavia.

Cage Warriors will make its first move into the region this spring, with details of the venue and date to be announced early next week.

“As I’ve said in the past, we have big plans for the growth of Cage Warriors in the Nordic region and this is another major step towards that,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

“We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with a broadcaster of Viasat’s stature, and I’m looking forward to working together with them in 2014 and beyond.”

Eighteen events are planned for the CWFC schedule this year, beginning with CWFC 64 in London, England, on Saturday, February 15.

Nordic fighters feature prominently on the Cage Warriors roster, with several stars from across the region currently signed exclusively to the promotion, including Nicolas Dalby, Jack Hermansson and Mohsen Bahari.

CWFC events will be broadcast free of charge through Viasat’s platforms in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, details of which will be confirmed at a later date.


Cage Warriors 64!

Fight Card Update

The addition of the meeting of Matt Inman and Gregor Weibel is one of several updates to the bill for Cage Warriors 64, which takes place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, February 15.

The exciting welterweight contest is one of four bouts that officials have today announced for the card for CWFC’s opening event of 2014, while injuries have also led to two enforced changes.

After his scheduled CWFC 61 main-event clash against Bruno Carvalho last month in Amman fell through due to an injury to his opponent, Inman (12-5) is eager to return to action as he chases his fourth consecutive victory.

Currently ranked ninth in the UK, the 27-year-old SBG Manchester product has taken all 12 of his professional victories inside the distance, with six submissions and six (T)KOs on his record.

“I’m planning to start 2014 with another win over a good opponent, so I can’t wait to get back in the CWFC cage, especially in a fantastic venue like The Forum,” said Inman.

Weibel (8-1) will face Inman for his CWFC debut on the back of a 3-0 streak in 2013, with all three victories coming inside the very first round.

The 27-year-old Swiss prospect, who has taken all of his wins by submission, said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight for the biggest promotion in Europe. It has been a dream for me and I’m looking forward to testing myself.”

Also added to CWFC 64 is a women’s strawweight bout between Kirsty Davis and Veera Nykanen, a lightweight clash between David Howell and Brad Wheeler, as well as the meeting of Andy Kerr and Charlie Watts, which will be contested at welterweight.

Meanwhile, an injury has forced Dave Lee out of his CWFC 64 bout against Nad Narimani, so highly-rated Swiss featherweight Benjamin Brander steps in to fill the vacancy.

Scott Pooley has also picked up an injury so Spencer Hewitt will now take on Cameron Else instead at a catchweight of 130lbs.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 64, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee)


ULTIMATE VICTORY CHALLENGE!

Now Set To Take Place On March 15

Ultimate Victory Challenge today officially announced that its upcoming event, “UVC 27: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” has been rescheduled and will now take place on March 15, 2014 at the Ohio Expo Center Lausche Building in Columbus, Ohio. The change was forced due to a minor injury sustained by Luke Zachrich.

The main event will still feature the biggest fight that Ohio has seen in some time, as Columbus native Luke Zachrich takes on Luigi Fioravanti in a middleweight clash.

“In order to accommodate this massive main event, we had to make the very tough decision to change the date of our next show,” UVC co-owner Rick Pyles said. “This is a fight that fans want to see and we as fans want to make it happen as well.”

Zachrich (13-2 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) looks to go 3-0 inside the UVC cage, as the Ronin Training Center co-owner has already amassed victories over Nick Kraus and Marcus Finch in previous outings. Most recently, he submitted Justin Gamble in the first round in August 2013. A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Zachrich recently traveled to New York City where he became the 2013 Brown Belt Masters Open Class Champion.

With an impressive record and a new management group, Zachrich knows that he is just one step away from the next level of his career. A win over a fighter like Fioravanti could put the “Ultimate Fighter 7” and Bellator veteran inside the Octagon.

“Unfortunately injuries happen in this sport and this time it was me who was injured,” Zachrich said. “I wanted this fight more than anything and I can't thank the UVC enough for making the accommodations to actually make a big fight like this happen!”

“When I got hurt my biggest fear was the fight not happening. Luigi is probably the biggest unsigned 185lb free agent in the sport right now and it made me sick there was a possibility I wouldn't have an opportunity to fight him. The UVC was great and did what they had to do to make it happen even though it made them look bad when they had to move the date. I can't thank them, the Ohio Athletic Commission and Tim O'Connor of The Combat Sports Agency enough for putting the time and effort into locking this thing down and giving me the opportunity to test myself against a great fighter like Luigi Fioravanti.”

A longtime staple of American Top Team, Fioravanti (23-11 / fighting out of St. Louis, MO) now lives and trains in the Gateway to the West at Finney’s MMA, where he is also an instructor. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, “The Italian Tank” competed in the UFC nine times from 2006-2009, where he racked up four wins against some of the best fighters in the world. Along with stepping in with the likes of Chris Leben, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, and Anthony Johnson, Fioravanti posted victories over Solomon Hutcherson, Dave Menne, Luke Cummo, and Brodie Farber.

A former United States Marine, Fioravanti has posted a 10-6 record since his time in the UFC, including a 2-0 record with two stoppage victories in 2013. He has earned 15 of his career victories via stoppage, and is known for his massive punching power and slick submissions.

With the date change, a venue change was also necessary as the UVC will return to the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The floor plan will be similar, and all tickets that have already been sold for the Feb. 8 date will be honored for March 15 as well.

Tickets start at $30 are available now via www.LocalMMATickets.com.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Four More Join Roster

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today confirm that four more fighters have inked deals to compete exclusively for the promotion.

Jack Hermansson, Doni Miller, Julien Boussuge and Mike Johnson have each put pen to paper on five-fight contracts, which will commit them to CWFC for a minimum period of 18 months.

Hermansson (5-2) joins the promotion following a two-fight stint with Bellator, for whom he signed on the back of Cage Warriors wins over Ali Arish and Mike Ling in 2011.

The Swede, who fights out of Norway, has taken all five of his professional wins inside the distance, four of which have come via KO.

“I’m really glad to be back with the best organisation in Europe,” said 25-year-old Hermansson. “This is the place for me right now and I’m looking forward to showing who the best European middleweight is.”

Miller (5-2), a featherweight who plans to move to the bantamweight division in 2014, is an exciting prospect who fights out of Scotland’s renowned Dinky Ninjas camp.

Despite suffering a loss to the undefeated Arnold Allen at CWFC 61 last month, which ended a run of four straight victories, Miller impressed having taken the fight as a late-notice replacement.

The 25-year-old Scot said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic about signing with one of the biggest organisations in the world and I’m really looking forward to being involved in some exciting scraps against the best of the CWFC bantamweight division.”

Boussuge (10-3) also made his promotional debut at CWFC 61, overcoming Damien Brown in Amman, Jordan, to secure his tenth professional victory.

The 32-year-old French lightweight holds other notable wins over the likes of Ivica Truscek and Nayeb Hezam.

“It’s a real honour for me to have signed with Cage Warriors,” Boussuge said. “I’ll be looking to challenge CWFC’s best lightweights in order to get to the very top of the division.”

Johnson (9-6) is a highly-ranked English welterweight who’ll be keen to move up the rankings when he makes his CWFC debut shortly.

A 30-year-old Londoner, Johnson has dropped just one loss in his last five outings, which came at the hands of Wayne Murrie in a welterweight title bout for domestic British promotion BAMMA.

Johnson said: “I want to thank Cage Warriors and my management for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to get in there and showcase my skills for the CWFC fans around the world.”


Alloway V Mason!

Plus Brown V Redmond

Two more bouts have today been added to the card for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s forthcoming return to Ireland.

Cage Warriors 65, which will be the promotion’s second event of 2014, is set to take place at The Helix in the Irish capital on Saturday, March 1.

The bill for the event has now been boosted by the addition of a welterweight bout between Benny Alloway and Jack Mason, as well as a lightweight tussle between Damien Brown and Paul Redmond.

Alloway (12-5) will be returning to Cage Warriors action for the first time since February 2012, having had a three-fight stint with the UFC and an appearance on The Ultimate Fighter in the meantime.

The well-rounded Aussie debuted for the UFC with a KO of the Night victory against Manny Rodriguez, but he’ll be keen to return to winning ways against Mason on the back of defeats to Ryan LaFlare and Zak Cummings.

“I’m excited, I’m hungry and I’m healthy again for the first time in 12 months,” said Alloway. “This is Jack Mason’s ‘big fight’ and I hope he brings his A-game because I’m coming hard.”

Mason (26-12) will be looking to build on a hugely positive 2013, during which he picked up four CWFC wins including stoppages of Matt Inman and Vladimir Opanasenko.

The experienced 31-year-old Englishman, who has a 9-2 record from his last 11 outings, has climbed into the top five in the UK’s welterweight rankings thanks to his good run of recent form.

Mason said: “As soon as I heard that Ben Alloway had signed for Cage Warriors, it was a fight I was interested in. He’s fun to watch and I like his aggressive style so I’m looking forward to getting in there and taking a dominant win.”

Meanwhile, Damien Brown and Paul Redmond will be desperate to return to the win column after both fighters tasted defeat last month in their most recent outings.

Brown (10-5), an Australian compatriot of Alloway’s, was edged out by Julien Boussuge via decision at CWFC 61 in Amman in his promotional debut, which was the 29-year-old’s first loss over the distance.

“I’m looking forward to giving the Cage Warriors fans in Ireland what they want to see,” said Brown. “But it won’t be in the hands of the judges this time as I’m coming to finish it.”

Redmond (8-4) suffered a loss for the first time under the Cage Warriors banner at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, when Mateusz Teodorczuk brought an end to a run of five straight wins with a second-round submission.

However, the 27-year-old Irishman says he’s eager to make amends: “After my last performance I just want to get back in there again. I was back in the gym two days later fixing everything in my game, so I can’t wait for this fight now.”


Moy Upsets Soukhamthath!

Goodridge Tops Chattelle

Not even Shedrick Goodridge beating Todd Chattelle could upstage the upset of the night Friday at Twin River Casino.

On a night where Goodridge dominated Chattelle over the course of three rounds and featherweight Rob Font kicked off the year with another impressive win, underdog Kin Moy stole the show with a unanimous decision win over fan-favorite Andre Soukhamthath on the undercard of “CES MMA XXI.”

Facing his toughest test to date, Moy (5-0) ended Soukhamthath’s seven-fight win streak and kept his own perfect record intact by winning the final two rounds of his three-round bantamweight battle with Soukhamthath to earn a 29-28 score on all three cards. Soukhamthath (8-2) looked sharp early, dropping Moy twice with a pair of rear leg kicks and dominating the opening round, but once Moy took the fight to the ground, the momentum shifted.

Moy nearly choked out Soukhamthath in the second and although Soukhamthath fought his way back and controlled most of the round, Moy dominated the final minute. With the fight even at a round apiece, Moy took control early in the third, keeping Soukhamthath on his back and not allowing him to get to his feet. Unable to work his stand-up, Soukhamthath dropped the last two rounds and suffered his first loss in eight fights.

Starring in his 10th bout under CES’ promotional guidance, Chattelle (12-10) broke his right hand early during his main event bout with Goodridge (5-6) and never recovered. The New Jersey native dominated the stand-up and earned several key takedowns to take control of the fight midway through the opening round, winning unanimously, 30-27, on all three scorecards.

Font (9-1) made quick work of his opponent, New York’s Ahsan Abdullah (5-5), dropping him early in the opening round with a flying knee and unloading with a barrage of right hooks that Abdullah somehow survived, but the fight didn’t last much longer as Font – a bit weary from the punches – a locked in a d’arce choke moments later and finished Abdullah for good at the 3:48 mark. Font, the reigning CES MMA featherweight champion, has won eight consecutive bouts.

Desperately looking to end a two-fight losing streak and get his first win since 2012, bantamweight Dinis Paiva Jr. (4-5, 2 KOs) of East Providence, R.I., came out firing on all cylinders, stopping Franklin Isabel (4-7) of Chelsea, Mass., with a series of unanswered strikes at 1 minute, 48 seconds of the opening round.

In an exciting bantamweight bout, Shaun Marmas (5-6) of Coventry, R.I., and unbeaten Salem, Mass., native Matt Doherty fought tooth and nail until Doherty finally finished the bout via rear-naked choke at the 2:12 mark of the final round.

This was a strong, technical ground-and-pound match with both fighters jockeying for position through the first two rounds, though Doherty maintained the edge by reversing most of Marmas’ takedowns and keeping the momentum on his side. Doherty opened the third by dropping Marmas to the canvas with a knee and ultimately taking his back to sink in the rear-naked choke.

Keeping his impressive streak of knockout wins alive, heavyweight John Johnston (5-0, 5 KOs) of Melrose, Mass., flattened South Carolina’s William Baptiste in the opening round with a head kick so vicious it even sent Johnston to the canvas, too.

Johnston appeared on the verge of ending the bout in the opening seconds when he dropped Baptiste (2-1) in the center of the canvas and began pounding him with hammer fists, but Baptiste eventually fought his way back to his feet. Moments later at the 1:49 mark, Johnston caught him with a head kick that prompted the referee to immediately stop the bout. Johnston has now won all five of his fights by knockout.

Exciting newcomer Kyle Bochniak (1-0) of Winthrop, Mass., wasted no time getting the win in his professional debut, choking out the overmatched Peter Bertucci (0-1) of Hyannis, Mass., via rear-naked choke 1:05 into the opening round of their featherweight bout. Bochniak immediately took Bertucci to the canvas, took his back, and applied for the quick submission.

Fighting as a last-minute replacement for the injured Sylvester Murataj, Johnston, R.I., middleweight Tunde Odumoso (2-2) evened his record with a dominant win over the scrappy Adam Quitt (1-4) of Framingham, Mass., 30-27, on all three scorecards.

Odumoso was the faster, more effective striker, peppering Quitt and bloodying his opponent’s face midway through the second round. Quitt tried to press Odumoso against the cage and drag him to the canvas to utilize his wrestling, but Odumoso’s takedown defense was on point, allowing to fight in stand-up mode for all three rounds. By the third round, Odumoso began boxing circles around Quitt, mixing in a few knees to the midsection and rear-leg kicks to keep Quitt at bay.

Making his Twin River debut, Boston lightweight Bekzod Abdurakmonov (5-0) kept his perfect record intact with a dominant win over Philadelphia’s Andrew Osborne (7-8). Abdurakmonov scored a quick takedown and eventually took Osborne’s back to earn the rear-naked choke submission at the 1:54 mark.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Twin River

Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “CES MMA XXI,” live mixed martial arts scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.

As an added bonus, Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament Champion Brennan Ward of Waterford, Conn., and former CES MMA middleweight champion and current Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contender John “Doomsday” Howard will be available for a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Twin River Event Center pre-function area.

TODD CHATTELLE 185 V SHEDRICK GOODRIDGE 187

ROB FONT 145 V AHSAN ABDULLAH 145

ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH 135 V KIN MOY 135

BEKZOD ABDURAKMONOV 159 V ANDREW OSBORNE 161

JOHN JOHNSTON 257 V WILLIAM BAPTISTE 254

DINIS PAIVA JR. 140 V FRANKLIN ISABEL 144

SHAUN MARMAS 135 V MATT DOHERTY ?

KYLE BOCHNIAK 150 V PETER BERTUCCI 149

ADAM QUITT 179 V TUNDE ODUMUSO 192


Rob Font!

Hoping For Bigger & Better Things In 2014

Rob Font had about as good a year in 2013 as any fighter could hope for.

Imagine him being even better this year. It's almost improbable, but not at all impossible for a fighter who defied the odds in a breakthrough 2013.

"I'm coming into this year taking names and collecting bodies," said Font (8-1, 2 KOs), who'll make his season debut Friday night at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

"I'm here to win and fight, and I want to fight even bigger and better names this year."

The reigning CES MMA featherweight champion will put his seven-fight win streak on the line against Bombsquad veteran Ahsan Abdullah (5-4, 2 KOs) at "CES MMA XXI."

A Tampa, Fla., native, Font moved to Boston four years and didn't even begin his amateur career until 2011. Less than three years later, he's the premiere featherweight in the northeast, still the underdog in many ways despite his impressive resume as a pro.

Fighting with a chip on his shoulder is perhaps what makes Font such a dangerous adversary in the cage, not to mention the realization that this ride could end at any minute courtesy of a swift right hand or a tricky armbar.

"MMA, in general, is a humbling sport," Font said. "You're constantly getting beat up every day. You realize real fast you're not the man. I have a black eye right now, and that actually came from an amateur coming up. We're always, always in there sparring with tough guys.

"With those 4-ounce gloves, anything can happen at anytime, so I never take anything for granted. I always try to be as prepared as possible, but anything can happen. I've seen guys win fights when they're losing all three rounds and at the last minute and a half they come up with the big knockout off baby clips and punches. It just happens. It's definitely something to keep in the back of your mind when you're out there.

"Knowing anything can happen is what keeps you alive. Your senses are up. I call it my spider senses. That tingling. I'm always aware. I know at any point a jab can put you on the ground."

Font's breakthrough performance in 2013 began in February when he dominated Saul Almeida, at the time considered one of the top featherweights in the northeast. It was Font's coming-out party, so to speak, and he continued his rise to the top with wins over Lucas Cruz and Chris Foster, the latter for the then-vacant CES MMA featherweight title, a lopsided fight that ended by technical knockout four minutes into the opening round.

Font closed the year with another impressive win, beating Matt DiMarcantonio by unanimous decision in December, and is now focused on somehow topping his 2013 output with the ultimate encore performance in 2014.

As always, the first step won't be easy, not against the veteran Abdullah, who's fought in Rhode Island before, beating Shaun Marmas in June.

"The guy's driving from New York, and you know he's not trying to take that long ride home with an 'L' so he's going to bring the fight," Font said. "I think he has a perfect style for me. He's going to be a perfect style, actually, for the fans. He's coming forward, and I'm a better counter-puncher than coming forward, so, pretty much, I'm going to catch him coming in."

"CES MMA XXI," scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, also features the return of fan-favorites Andre Soukhamthath (7-1, 4 KOs) of Woonsocket, R.I., and Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd Chattelle (12-9, 9 KOs).

Chattelle is hoping for a fresh start in 2014 against the always dangerous Shedrick Goodridge (4-6, 2 KOs) of Rahway, N.J. Soukhamthath will face his toughest test to date in a possible early candidate for Fight of the Year against undefeated Cambridge, Mass., bantamweight Kin Moy (4-0, 1 KO). Soukhamthath is making his first trip back to the Ocean State since relocating to Boca Raton, Fla., where he now trains with the famed Blackzilians. Since making his CES MMA debut in 2012, Soukhamthath has won seven consecutive fights, including a knockout win over Corey Simmons in CES' 2013 season finale in December in which he broke a tie with Chattelle to become the promotion's winningest fighter.

Also returning to Twin River is Melrose, Mass., heavyweight John Johnston (4-0, 4 KOs), who will attempt to keep his impressive streak of consecutive knockout wins (4) alive when he faces unbeaten William Baptiste (2-0, 1 KO) of Goldsboro, N.C.

Dinis Paiva Jr. (3-5), an East Providence, R.I., native, will look to snap his two-fight losing streak in a bantamweight bout against Franklin Isabel (4-6) of Chelsea, Mass.; while Marmas (5-5, 1 KO) will face Matt Doherty (2-0, 2 KOs), a Salem, Mass., native, in a potential Fight of the Night candidate. Marmas split two bouts in 2013, beating Tom Evans in April before losing to Abdullah in June.

Featherweight Kyle Bochniak of Winthrop, Mass., will make his professional debut in a separate three-round bout. Middleweight Adam Quitt (1-3) of Framingham, Mass., will return for his first fight since February when he battles Rocky Hill, Conn., veteran Sylvester Murataj (0-2). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for "CES MMA XXI" are priced at $40, $55, $100 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Players Club.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

CWFC 65 Fight Card Update

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Dublin on March 1 and officials can today confirm the event’s first batch of bouts, including a lightweight contest between John Maguire and Saul Rogers.

Cage Warriors 65, which will be the promotion’s second event in 2014, is once again set to take place at The Helix in the Irish capital.

The meeting of Maguire and Rogers, which is likely to have major implications in the CWFC lightweight division, is one of seven fights now announced for the CWFC 65 card, which will also feature Irish favourites Philip Mulpeter, Artem Lobov and Damien Rooney, among others.

On the back of a five-fight stint with the UFC, Maguire (19-6) made his CWFC debut in Dublin on New Year’s Eve and edged out Philip Mulpeter via decision.

The 30-year-old Englishman said: “I don’t want to hang around so I’m getting straight back in there two months after my last fight and I’m ready to take my next step towards the CWFC title.”

Rogers (7-1), a fellow Englishman, defeated Jason Cooledge in impressive fashion in his promotional debut at CWFC 57 in Liverpool last July, taking his sixth submission in seven wins.

“This is a fight against a tough, talented and experienced fighter, and I expect it to bring out the best in me,” said 24-year-old Rogers. “I’ll be bringing my A-game to Ireland in order to get the win and move closer to a title shot.”

Elsewhere on the CWFC 65 bill, Alex Enlund (9-2-0-1nc) will go in search of his fourth CWFC win when he takes on Artem Lobov (8-7-0-1nc) in a featherweight bout, while lightweight action will see Philip Mulpeter (6-4) collide with Lew Long (7-3).

A third CWFC victory on the trot will be the aim for Bryan Creighton (5-1) as he faces newcomer Damien Rooney (9-3-1) at a 130lbs catchweight, and Martin Sheridan (7-4) will fight in his hometown of Dublin for the first time in a bantamweight bout against Paddy Pimblett (4-1).

Merv Mulholland (10-5) returns to welterweight for a clash with Lee Caers (10-3), with Irish lightweights Myles Price (8-5) and Peter Queally (3-1) also set to square off.


Jim Alers!

Voted Fighter Of The Year For 2013

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jim Alers has been named CWFC’s Fighter of the Year for 2013.

The 27-year-old, who is unbeaten in seven career outings for the promotion, topped our poll in the 2013 CWFC Awards, sponsored by London Fight Store and IrishMMA.com, which attracted over 25,000 votes from Cage Warriors fans worldwide over the past week.

Alers finished 2013 by submitting Graham Turner at CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve to retain his featherweight strap and take his record to 12-1 courtesy of his eighth consecutive victory, seven of which have come inside the distance.

In Glasgow last April, the Florida native clinched the vacant belt by defeating Joni Salovaara at CWFC 53, before successfully defending the title at September’s CWFC 59 in Cardiff against Martin Svensson.

“Being Fighter of the Year for Cage Warriors seems unreal to me,” said Alers, who finished second to James Brum in the polling for 2012 Fighter of the Year. “This is where my career began and it will always feel like home. Thank you to Cage Warriors and to everybody who voted for me.

“2013 was a very challenging year for me, filled with ups and downs. But through the support of loyal friends, loving family and outstanding fans, I was able to push through it all and come out with a successful year.”

Alers claimed 15% of the votes in the Fighter of the Year category, narrowly edging out CWFC lightweight champion Ivan Buchinger (13%) and bantamweight title-holder Brett Johns (11%).

However, there was plenty of consolation for Buchinger and Johns elsewhere. With a 3-0 run in 2013 that included his triumph in the CWFC bantamweight title tournament, unbeaten 21-year-old Johns received 24% of the votes to be named Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, in what was the closest of all eight categories, ahead of Amanda Kelly (23%) and Sean Carter (19%).

Buchinger, meanwhile, claimed the Submission of the Year award with 27% of the votes for his CWFC 60 win over Mick Sinclair (WATCH), with James Pennington (19%) finishing second and Paul Redmond (18%) third.

The Fight of the Year award also went to Buchinger , along with Stevie Ray, for their enthralling battle at CWFC 63 which saw the 27-year-old Slovak win CWFC’s lightweight gold (WATCH). Buchinger and Ray took 36% of the votes, while 18% went to Brett Johns vs. Jordan Desborough and Neil Seery vs. Mikael Silander claimed 14%.

Having not been included in the 2012 Awards due to it taking place after the voting was held, CWFC 51 in Dublin was voted our Event of the Year with 33% of the votes, with former CWFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor claiming 45% of the votes to win the KO of the Year award for his spectacular stoppage of Ivan Buchinger at the same event.

Martin Sheridan’s KO of Jordan Desborough (15%) at December’s CWFC 62 in Newcastle was second, while third place went to Joanne Calderwood (13%) for her April win against Sally Krumdiack at CWFC 53.

Calderwood’s Dinky Ninjas camp in Scotland, who picked up nine CWFC victories in 2013 including a lightweight title triumph for Stevie Ray, were voted Club of the Year by 20% of CWFC fans, ahead of Ireland’s SBG (17%) and England’s BKK Fighters (15%).

Finally, having seen his Gym 01 team go 7-2 under the CWFC banner in 2013, the Coach of the Year award goes to Brian Adams (17%). John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland was second (14%), with Dinky Ninjas coach James Doolan (13%) finishing third.

All winners will receive equipment and apparel courtesy of 2013 CWFC Awards sponsors London Fight Store. Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to congratulate all nominees and winners, and thank you - the fans - for supporting our athletes by casting your votes in such huge numbers. FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

JIM ALERS - 15%

Ivan Buchinger - 13%

Brett Johns - 11%

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

BRETT JOHNS - 24%

Amanda Kelly - 23%

Sean Carter - 19%

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

IVAN BUCHINGER vs. STEVIE RAY at CWFC 63 - 36%

Brett Johns vs. Jordan Desborough at CWFC 59 - 18%

Neil Seery vs. Mikael Silander at CWFC 57 - 14%

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR

IVAN BUCHINGER def. Mick Sinclair at CWFC 60 - 27%

James Pennington def. James Doolan at CWFC 53 - 19%

Paul Redmond def. Marc Allen at CWFC 55 - 18%

KO OF THE YEAR

CONOR McGREGOR def. Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 51 - 45%

Martin Sheridan def. Jordan Desborough at CWFC 62 - 15%

Joanne Calderwood def. Sally Krumdiack at CWFC 53 - 13%

CLUB OF THE YEAR

DINKY NINJAS (Scotland) - 20%

SBG (Ireland) - 17%

BKK Fighters (England) - 15%

COACH OF THE YEAR

BRIAN ADAMS (Gym 01) - 17%

John Kavanagh (SBG Ireland) - 14%

James Doolan (Dinky Ninjas) - 13%


Balde V Bostwick!

CWFC 64

A middleweight bout between Boubacar Balde and Jake Bostwick has been set for Cage Warriors 64.

The pair will clash when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship kicks off its 2014 schedule with a return to The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, February 15.

Balde (9-7) a veteran French fighter and promotional debutant, will be looking to return to the win column having lost by split decision to CWFC veteran Norman Paraisy in his most recent outing.

The 37-year-old, who owns seven stoppage wins including one against two-time UFC veteran Lucio Linhares, said: “I’m really proud that Cage Warriors has given me this opportunity. I never back down from a challenge and I love to strike, so be prepared for a war.”

Currently on a six-fight win-streak, Bostwick (13-8-0-1nc) is 10-1 in his last 11 outings and was victorious in his CWFC debut at the expense of Vincent del Guerra at Cage Warriors 61 in Amman, Jordan, last month.

“I’m fighting a guy who’s coming from a striking background so hopefully he’ll stand in the pocket, trade with me and we can put on an exciting fight,” said Bostwick, a London native. “This fight is the next step forward for me and I’m excited about fighting in my hometown.”

Meanwhile, a bantamweight bout between English pair Daniel Crawford and Huseyin Gabaret has been added to Cage Warriors 64’s preliminary card.


Todd Chattelle!

Still Going Strong

Twenty-one fights in just under seven years. Think about that for a second.

In a sport where an athlete's shelf life is about as long as that of your average NFL running back, a sport where a two- or three-year layoff is the norm, not the exception, Todd Chattelle (12-9, 9 KOs) has survived every bruise, break and contusion in a remarkable career defined as much by his longevity as his success.

Friday night, he'll step back inside the cage for the first time in 2014 and the 22nd time in his career when he faces middleweight Shedrick Goodridge (4-6, 2 KOs) in the main event of "CES MMA XXI" at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

"I have more fights than CES has shows!" Chattelle said with a laugh.

Truth is, the two might not be as successful as they are right now without one another; this will be Chattelle's 10th fight under CES' promotional guidance, a stretch that includes a 4-0 finish in 2011 that helped revived Chattelle's career during a time in which he was questioning whether or not he wanted to continue fighting.

Why so much Chattelle through the years? He's as popular as he is prolific; win or lose, Chattelle's bouts bring a special energy to the arena, drawing sold-out crowds that leave the fans anticipating his next fight. Few compete with the same passion and explosiveness on such a consistent basis. It's a special symbiotic relationship between fighter and promoter that has kept Chattelle successful, active and, more importantly, relevant as he approaches his 35th birthday.

"I feel like it's gone by so quickly," Chattelle said. "When [CES matchmaker] Pat [Sullivan] said that to me the other day, I was like, 'Really?!' I've been on, like, half your shows. That's pretty cool.

"If you think about it, I have 22 fights, but I've trained and prepared for about 30 camps, all the fights that backed out and didn't happen. I did the rough math, and with sparring and everything, I've had 22 fights, but I've really had about 2,000 fights in my life.

"It definitely gets harder as the years go by. Sometimes it's not even physically; it's mentally."

With everything Chattelle has been through growing up in Pawtucket, R.I., with four brothers, the run-ins with the wrong crowd, the adversity, it's hard to imagine anything happening inside the cage that could slow him down.

So, when asked how much longer he can keep fighting, Chattelle just laughs.

"At the end of the day, I've been through some things that most people haven't been through," he said. "I've been through things war veterans have been through. I've been shot, I've been stabbed, I've been hit in the face with tires, I have metal plates in my face, I have a bullet in my leg, and all these things, if I let them weigh on me I'm not going to be able to continue to do it, so I put all that in the back of my mind and keep going.

"The fight itself, what's going to happen? A bruise? A cut? It's not really going to matter. It's not life-threatening. I just don't think there's anyone out there that can threaten my life physically.Through all things, injuries, feeling good, feeling bad, I can still get up through Christ and still keep going."

Chattelle's renewed faith in God is his driving force. It's what gets him out of bed each morning to continue fighting both in and outside of the cage. It's what gets him through those tough, two-a-day training sessions leading up to a big fight.

"I've had a life resolution to get closer to my family and put them first more and get closer to God and put God first, first before anything, which in turn will put my family first and everything else I should be doing first.

"To have faith is everything. At any second, if I didn't have faith I'd be like, 'Whatever. I'm done.'"

With CES in his corner, and vice-versa, it doesn't appear either are going anywhere anytime soon.

"I think the key is to stay focused on the main reason I stared in the first place, which was to be successful for my family, friend and children, mostly my children so they'd know if you work hard you can succeed and make it through some times and keep going," Chattelle said.

"It's not always easy. You get beat down, but you rest up and get ready, let your muscles, let your body heal and just mentally focus on the task at hand. You go to work."

"CES MMA XXI," scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, also features the return of fan-favorites Andre Soukhamthath (7-1, 4 KOs) of Woonsocket, R.I., and CES MMA featherweight champion Rob Font (8-1, 2 KOs) of Boston.

Font will face Ahsan Abdullah (5-4, 2 KOs) of Binghamton, N.Y., in a three-round bout as he aims for his eight consecutive win and fifth overall under the promotional guidance of CES.

Soukhamthath will face his toughest test to date in a possible early candidate for Fight of the Year against undefeated Cambridge, Mass., bantamweight Kin Moy (4-0, 1 KO). Soukhamthath is making his first trip back to the Ocean State since relocating to Boca Raton, Fla., where he now trains with the famed Blackzilians. Since making his CES MMA debut in 2012, Soukhamthath has won seven consecutive fights, including a knockout win over Corey Simmons in CES' 2013 season finale in December in which he broke a tie with Chattelle to become the promotion's winningest fighter.

Also returning to Twin River is Melrose, Mass., heavyweight John Johnston (4-0, 4 KOs), who will attempt to keep his impressive streak of consecutive knockout wins (4) alive when he faces unbeaten William Baptiste (2-0, 1 KO) of Goldsboro, N.C.

Dinis Paiva Jr. (3-5), an East Providence, R.I., native, will look to snap his two-fight losing streak in a bantamweight bout against Franklin Isabel (4-6) of Chelsea, Mass.; while fellow bantamweight Shaun Marmas (5-5, 1 KO) faces Matt Doherty (2-0, 2 KOs), a Salem, Mass., native, in a potential Fight of the Night candidate. Marmas split two bouts in 2013, beating Tom Evans in April and losing to Abdullah in June.

Exciting prospect Willie Brown Jr. (2-0) of Meriden, Conn., will look to keep his perfect record intact in his first bout of the year against lightweight Kevin Haley (2-0, 1 KO) of Dover, N.H., and featherweight Kyle Bochniak of Winthrop, Mass., will make his professional debut in a separate three-round bout. Middleweight Adam Quitt (1-3) of Framingham, Mass., will return for his first fight since February when he battles Rocky Hill, Conn., veteran Sylvester Murataj (0-2). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for "CES MMA XXI" are priced at $40, $55, $100 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Players Club.


WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 8!

Results

Undefeated Justin Gaethje (11-0) claimed World Series of Fighting's inaugural lightweight belt with an impressive first-round stoppage of a very tough Richard Patishnock (6-2).

The two tangled in the headlining contest of Saturday's NBCSN-broadcast "World Series of Fighting 8: Gathje vs. Patishnock" event, which took place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The 25-year-old Gaethje swarmed from the opening bell, rushing forward with a flying knee and bringing the fight to Patishnock right away. With non-stop offense flowing, Gaethje landed a crushing right hand that stunned his opponent. Patishnock refused to back down, instead standing against the cage and trying to return fire. But Gaethje would not be stopped, and he unloaded punches and elbows that battered Patishnock and forced referee Troy Waugh to step in and halt the fight in just 69 seconds.

In the night's co-feature, light heavyweight slugger Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (16-4) scored a brutal first-round knockout of fellow heavy hitter Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-11-1).

The engaged immediately at the opening bell, and after Kyle came up short on a takedown, they went toe-to-toe in the pocket. It was Johnson who landed first, scoring a right hand over the top and putting Kyle face-first on the canvas.

The end came at the 2:03 mark, and Johnson now owns a six-fight winning streak, including a perfect 3-0 mark under the World Series of Fighting banner.

American Top Team's Jessica "Jag" Aguilar (17-4) is World Series of Fighting's first-ever women's strawweight champion after submitting Alida Gray (4-1) in under three minutes.

Aguilar was dominant from the start, working inside and taking the fight to the ground. From there, she moved effortlessly into position for an arm-triangle choke, cranking on the hold until she earned the tap at the 2:45 mark of the first round. The new champ now boasts an eight-fight winning streak.

In a key bantamweight fight with serious title implications, Cody Bollinger (15-2) edged out Tyson Nam (12-6) in a hotly contested decision.

Bollinger was the busier fighter throughout, attacking with punches to all levels and mixing in acrobatic spinning kicks. Meanwhile, Nam stayed more compact as he looked to counter, and while the attacks weren't nearly as flashy, they were often effective. Bollinger hit the ground on more than one occasion, once through a clear knockdown and a few more times on slips.

The crowd grew a bit restless in the third round as both fighters struggled to find an effective rhythm. Still, both looked for opportunities until the final bell. However, it was Bollinger who was given the unanimous nod, 29-28 on all three cards.

The night's NBCSN-broadcast kicked off with a thrilling lightweight matchup, as Luis "Baboon" Palomino (22-9) earned a second-round win over Jorge "Macaco" Patino (35-15-2).

Palomino was sharp early, firing off heavy leather on the feet and stunning Patino with a few crisp blows. The 40-year-old "Macaco," a veteran of a few legendary MMA brawls, stood firm in the pocket and returned fire, but Palomino's non-stop attack finally wore his opponent down in the second round. A right hand and knee to the gut sent Patino to the canvas, and Palomino swarmed until he earned the finish at the 4:20 mark of the frame.

The night's featured prelim saw Tyler Stinson (27-9) earn an impressive come-from-behind win over Valdir Araujo (14-5).

It was Araujo who racked up points early, chopping the leg and drilling heavy kicks to the body. And while Stinson appeared a bit flat in the opening two rounds, he came alive in the third and turned the tide with a few brutal bodyshots. A stunned Araujo never really recovered, and Stinson pressed with punches until he earned the finish at the 2:23 mark of the final frame.

Heavyweight sluggers Derrick Mehmen (17-5) and Scott Barrett (14-4) brought the crowd to their feet with a standup brawl that surprisingly went all three rounds.

An aggressive Mehmen dropped Barrett twice in the opening round, but "The Bear" showed incredible heart by battling through until the final round. A few big punches threatened to ruin Mehman's impressive performance, but he survived the big shots and cruised to a decision win.

In a flyweight matchup, Cuban Olympic wrestling medalist Alexis Vila (14-4) kept a high pace throughout his three-round contest with Sidemar Honorio (8-5), and it was enough to earn him a unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

While the striking was relatively even on the feet, Vila's wrestling proved the difference, and he improved to 3-1 in his past four fights.

Featherweight prospects Freddy Assuncao (8-1) and Brenson Hansen (5-2) combined for a back-and-forth affair throughout their 15 minute contest. In the end, the toe-to-toe action left judges unable to agree on a winner, and Assuncao was awarded a split decision victory.

In the night's first bout, welterweight Anderson Melo (11-7) scored a quick submission win over Jose Caceres (5-5), needing just 70 seconds to get the win via heel hook.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

World Series Of Fighting 8

The official "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" weigh-in took place Friday at Paradise Live inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. International movie star Danny Trejo joined World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo and Executive Vice President Ali Abdel Aziz on stage as all fighters made weight in advance of their bouts tomorrow evening.

WSOF 8 takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" start at just $29 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The championship headliner tops a five-fight main card that airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A five-fight undercard will stream live at www.WSOF.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Justin Gaethje 154.6 lbs. vs. Rich Patishnock 155 lbs.

Anthony Johnson 204.8 lbs. vs. Mike Kyle 205.6 lbs

Jessica Aguilar 114.8 lbs. vs. Alida Gray 114.4 lbs.

Tyson Nam 136 lbs. vs. Cody Bollinger 135.6 lbs.

Luis Palomino 155.6 lbs. vs. Jorge Patino 155 lbs.

Valdir Araujo 170.8 lbs. vs. Tyler Stinson 170.4 lbs.

Derrick Mehmen 246.2 lbs. vs. Scott Barrett 261.6 lbs.

Alexis Vila 125.4 lbs. vs. Sidemar Honorio 126 lbs.

Brenson Hansen 144.4 lbs. vs. Freddy Assuncao 145.4 lbs.

Jose Caceres 170.4 lbs. vs. Anderson Melo 171 lbs.


Gaethje V Patishnock!

World Series Of Fighting 8

The World Series of Fighting on Thursday afternoon hosted an open media workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training center in Boca Raton, Fla., leading into "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock." Fans and media watched as headliners Justin Gaethje (10-0) and Rich Patishnock (6-1) - as well as main-card competitors Anthony Johnson (15-4), Mike Kyle (20-10-1), Jessica Aguilar (16-4) and Alida Gray (4-0) - worked out and fielded questions in preparation of their fight Saturday night.

The official "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" weigh-in takes place Friday at Paradise Live inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Doors to the venue will open at 4:30 p.m. ET and the fighters will get on the scales at 5 p.m. ET. The event is open to the public, and those unable to attend will be able to watch a live stream on the official World Series of Fighting website, www.WSOF.com.

WSOF 8 will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" start at just $29 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The championship headliner tops a five-fight main card that airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A five-fight undercard will stream live at www.WSOF.com.


NBC Sorts Network!

To Re-air "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting Six"

Two nights before "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" takes place this Saturday, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will re-air "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting." The two-hour special re-airs Thursday, January 16 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

MMA legend Bas Rutten and Todd Harris host the look back at the promotions first seven fights, which highlight several of the amazing fights the fight company held in 2013. "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting" is produced by Tupelo-Honey Raycom in association with WSOF Productions.

In addition to the fight highlights, fans will see exclusive interviews with World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo and superstars Steve Carl, Georgie Karakhanyan, Justin Gaethje, Nick Newell, Marlon Moraes, Anthony Johnson and David Branch. The special also features future stars such as Rich Patishnock, who is stepping up to fight Justin Gaethje for the inaugural WSOF lightweight title on Jan. 18, and a look at Florida's famed Blackzillian fight team.

Some of the fights we look back on with "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting" include:

WSOF 1

Anthony Johnson vs. DJ Linderman

Marlon Moraes vs. Miguel Torres

Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole

WSOF 2

Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson

Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam

Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson

WSOF 3

Justin Gaethje vs. Brian Cobb

Steve Carl vs. Tyson Steel

Dan Lauzon vs. John Gunderson

Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch

WSOF 4

Ray Sefo vs. Dave Huckaba

Nick Newell vs. Keon Caldwell

Marlon Moraes vs. Brandon Hempleman

Tyrone Spong vs. Angel Deanda

WSOF 5

David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort

Waylon Lowe vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle

WSOF 6

Justin Gaethje vs. Dan Lauzon

Marlon Moraes vs. Carson Beebee

Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl

WSOF 7

Nick Newell vs. Sabah Fadai

Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer

World Series of Fighting will start on next years highlight reel at "WSOF 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" which takes place Jan. 18, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. and airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following a 6-fight undercard which streams live at www.WSOF.com.


Cage Warriors!

Signs Six

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has added six more fighters to its ever-expanding stable of talent.

Officials can today confirm that Paul Marin Toni Tauru, Martin Svensson, Martin Sheridan, Aaron Blackwell and Ronan McKay have all signed five-fight deals to compete exclusively for the promotion over a minimum period of 18 months.

Marin (7-3) enjoyed a successful second-half of 2013, despite starting his CWFC career with losses to current flyweight champion Neil Seery and former bantamweight title-holder Paul McVeigh earlier in the year.

The entertaining Romanian flyweight bounced back by overcoming Shaj Haque via decision, before forcing Spencer Hewitt to tap to strikes in the first round of their encounter at CWFC 61 last month in Amman.

“Signing with the biggest show in Europe was a huge goal for me in 2013. I worked hard to achieve it and I’m very happy to have succeeded,” said 28-year-old Marin, who’s currently based in Barcelona.

“My next goal is to be a contender for the CWFC flyweight belt and I’ll do everything I can to get to that stage. I want to thank Cage Warriors, my coach, my team and my management for this massive opportunity.”

Tauru (8-1-1), who hails from Finland, joins CWFC on the back of an eight-fight win-streak - five of which have come via submission - which has seen him join the top table of bantamweights in Europe.

The 29-year-old, whose only career loss came against former CWFC title challenger Mikael Silander in 2011, most recently submitted TUF 18 contestant Emil Hartsner by first-round gogoplata in November.

Tauru said: “I want to fight the best guys in Europe so CWFC is the place for me to be. This is the next big step in my career. I’m looking forward to showcasing my talents and going after that CWFC title.”

Svensson (12-5) will be keen to return to winning ways in 2014, having fallen short against CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers in their title bout at CWFC 59 last September.

Despite forcing Alers to go the distance for the first time in his career, Svensson was on the end of a decision defeat, but the big 28-year-old remains one of Europe’s top featherweights having been on a 7-1 run prior to that loss.

“Jim Alers, we’re not done with each other yet. Keep the belt safe because I’m coming back for it,” said Svensson. “I won’t rest until I have that belt and I’ll bring pain to any featherweight who stands in my way.”

Sheridan (7-4) earned his CWFC contract after a spectacular KO of Jordan Desborough last month, which is currently in the running for Knockout of the Year in the 2013 CWFC Awards.

Having taken the fight on short notice, 30-year-old Sheridan sent out a strong message by stopping the former CWFC bantamweight title challenger in the first round of their tussle at CWFC 62 in Newcastle.

“I’m so privileged to have signed an exclusive deal with Cage Warriors,” said Sheridan, who hails from Dublin but is now based in England. “It’s one of the best promotions in the world and getting the chance to fight on that stage for the next 18 months is a dream come true.”

Blackwell (12-9-1) a 29-year-old Englishman, returned to action in 2013 after a two-year lay-off and has once again begun to climb the bantamweight rankings.

Undefeated in his last five outings, Blackwell most recently defeated Kris Edwards at CWFC 60 in London back in October.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be representing the best promotion in Europe. I’m really looking forward to regularly competing against world-class athletes and showcasing my abilities on such a big show.”

McKay (10-11) will be aiming for his fourth consecutive win when he returns to action in 2014, as he aims to prove that his current record is certainly not a fair reflection of his talents.

The 28-year-old Irish middleweight secured a first-round KO of Leeroy Barnes at CWFC 62 in Newcastle last month and also holds notable victories over CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred, CWFC veteran Henry Fadipe and top UK middleweight Lee Chadwick.

“I’m very excited about competing for Cage Warriors in 2014 and beyond,” said McKay. “I’m eager to keep my win-streak going and I’m looking forward to moving up the division with each fight.”


Soukhamthath V Moy!

A True Pick 'em Fight

Andre Soukhamthath might be the first out-of-towner in CES history with a bigger cheering section than everyone else on the show.

Then again, Soukhamthath (7-1, 4 KOs), "The Asian Sensation" originally born in raised in Woonsocket, R.I., isn't your average out-of-towner. The 5-foot-9 bantamweight will return home Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 for the first time since he and his family relocated to Boca Raton, Fla., in December to train exclusively with the famed Blackzilians. This "homecoming" of sorts might be Soukhamthath's toughest fight to date as he faces undefeated Cambridge, Mass., prospect Kin "Kong" Moy (5-0, 1 KO) on the undercard of "CES MMA XXI" at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

"I've seen him through the years," Soukhamthath said. "I don't think he's a better athlete than me, and that is where my advantage will be."

The showdown against Moy will test Soukhamthath's mettle both in and outside the cage; not only is he preparing for the fight itself, he's also trying to balance his preparation with family life as he returns to Rhode Island today to finish training camp, no doubt having to fulfill obligations from friends and family who will want to spend time with him before he returns to Florida in two weeks.

"I'm here to fight, though," Soukhamthath said, "and I think my fans will understand that.

"They know I can't go out and party and mess around. They're just waiting to see my fight. Then we'll party afterward."

It's a lot to juggle for a 25-year-old fighter with both a family and career to consider, but it's a risk worth taking given the level of training at the Blackzilians' facility in Boca Raton. The Florida-based team is known for working with former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) world champions Vitor Belfort and Rashad Evans, along with pro boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux.

"Just by working with guys who are on another level, I feel like I'm improving everyday," Soukhamthath said. "It took a couple of weeks to get settled, but now everyone's real comfortable. Seeing that sunlight every morning is real motivating.

"The mindset is different down here," he continued. "That's mainly I made the move. Here, their job is to fight. They're in the gym seven days a week. If I have a fight coming up, I know I will have training partners to work with rather than having to look for work. When it's a wrestling day, everyone is there for wrestling. When it's a sparring day, everyone's there for sparring. And there are no egos. Everyone is there to work."

Will the new regimen be enough to stop Moy? Within the past year, Moy has won three pro bouts, including a big win over fan-favorite Dinis Paiva at CES MMA's "Path Of Destruction" show in April. He also submitted Kurt Chase-Patrick in just under a minute in September and closed out 2013 with a bare-knuckle boxing win over Texas pro boxer Marc Antonio Torres in New Hampshire, winning the five-round fight by unanimous decision. Torres had only three pro bouts under his belt, but more than 100 amateur fights.

"That fight gave me a lot of confidence," Moy said. "Fighting a guy who was a real dangerous striker who had so much amateur experience and being able to stand in front of him gives me a boost knowing what Andre will bring to the table.

"He has great standup," Moy said of Soukhamthath, "but his wrestling is really underrated."

To prepare for what will also be his toughest test, Moy is working with several different training partners at Redline MMA, anyone who can duplicate Souhamthath's skill set, style and cadence.

"I have a really good camp behind me," Moy said. "Pedro Gonzalez, Soap Am, Matt Doherty, they've all helped me push myself to the next level, Pedro especially, with him being taller and having a similar body type to Andre. I've been trying my best to replicate that, so I have to take pieces from different training partners."

At first, Moy was hesitant to take the fight given his respect for Soukhamthath and the fact both are Asian-American fighters working together to establish more diversity within the MMA community, both locally and worldwide.

"Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of Asian-American representatives," Moy said, "and I admire how well Andre fights and how he carries that with pride, but, at the end of the day, I think he's the best 135-pounder around, and I want to fight the best."

"Anytime you win, you're taking another step forward," Soukhamthath added. "This is another big fight. I've know [Moy] for a while and I consider him a friend, but now we're fighting, and I take that personal, so we're not friends. When you fight me, you're messing with my money. I'm going to bring it, and I hope he brings it, too."

"CES MMA XXI" also features the return of fan-favorites Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle (12-9, 9 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., and CES MMA featherweight champion Rob Font (8-1, 2 KOs) of Boston. Font will face Ahsan Abdullah (5-4, 2 KOs) of Binghamton, N.Y., in a three-round bout as he aims for his eight consecutive win and fifth overall under the promotional guidance of CES. Chattelle is hoping for a fresh start in 2014 against the always dangerous Shedrick Goodridge (4-6, 2 KOs) of Rahway, N.J.

Also returning to Twin River is Melrose, Mass., heavyweight John Johnston (4-0, 4 KOs), who will attempt to keep his impressive streak of consecutive knockout wins (4) alive when he faces unbeaten William Baptiste (2-0, 1 KO) of Goldsboro, N.C.

Paiva (3-5), an East Providence, R.I., native, will look to snap his two-fight losing streak in a bantamweight bout against Franklin Isabel (4-6) of Chelsea, Mass.; while fellow bantamweight Shaun Marmas (5-5, 1 KO) Doherty (2-0, 2 KOs), a Salem, Mass., native, in a potential Fight of the Night candidate. Marmas split two bouts in 2013, beating Tom Evans in April and losing to Abdullah in June.

Exciting prospect Willie Brown Jr. (2-0) of Meriden, Conn., will look to keep his perfect record intact in his first bout of the year against lightweight Kevin Haley (2-0, 1 KO) of Dover, N.H., and featherweight Kyle Bochniak of Winthrop, Mass., will make his professional debut in a separate three-round bout against Anthony Loycano (1-3) of North Andover, Mass. Middleweight Adam Quitt (1-3) of Framingham, Mass., will return for his first fight since February when he battles Rocky Hill, Conn., veteran Sylvester Murataj (0-2). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for "CES MMA XXI" are priced at $40, $55, $100 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Players Club.


Cage Warriors 64!

Fight Announcements

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship can today announce the first batch of bouts for CWFC 64, its opening event of 2014, which will take place at The Forum in London, England, on Saturday, February 15.

Having missed out on a CWFC bantamweight title shot last September due to injury, James Pennington (9-1) will go in search of his fourth consecutive win when he takes on Cory Tait (7-2), who will also be looking for a fourth victory on the trot.

In a featherweight contest, two-time UFC veteran David Lee (12-9) will make his Cage Warriors debut against rising prospect Nad Narimani (6-1), who went 1-1 with CWFC last year courtesy of an impressive stoppage of Athinodoros Michailidis and a very close split-decision loss to Graham Turner.

Elsewhere, Spencer Hewitt (10-7) will be keen to return to winning ways when he faces CWFC first-timer Scott Pooley (6-4-1) in a flyweight tussle, while Amanda Kelly (1-0) and Laura Howarth (1-0) will look to build on their successful respective 2013 debuts when they meet in a women’s bantamweight clash.

Many more bouts are still to be announced.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 64, priced from just £25.


Cage Warriors In 2013!

The Year In Numbers

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship brought the curtain down on a hectic 2013 campaign in Dublin last December 31, signing off on what was the busiest and most successful year in the promotion’s 11-year history.

Seven different countries played host to fourteen CWFC events in 2013, bringing to 26 the total number of shows staged by the promotion since February 2012 - less than two years ago.

That number is set to increase yet again in 2014, so while we continue preparations for the start of this year’s schedule in London on February 15, check out the facts and figures from our 2013 ‘Year in Numbers’ below…

14 - the number of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Starting in London last March with Cathal Pendred being crowned CWFC welterweight champion at CWFC 52, and ending with CWFC 63 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve which saw featherweight and lightweight championship victories respectively for Jim Alers and Ivan Buchinger, 2013 was a record-breaking year for Cage Warriors.

7 - the number of countries that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

In 2013, CWFC brought world-class MMA action to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and the Russian republic of Chechnya.

9 - the number of cities that hosted Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Five different UK cities tasted Cage Warriors action - London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow - along with Dublin, Amman, Al Fujairah and Grozny.

34 - the number of countries that were represented by fighters competing on Cage Warriors Fighting Championship events

Once again, athletes from all over the world showcased their skills on CWFC in 2013. The full list of countries represented reads: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Moldova, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Wales.

150 - the number of professional bouts

The 150th professional Cage Warriors Fighting Championship bout of the year saw Stevie Ray defend our lightweight title against Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 63. Many fans believe we saved the best one until last, so re-live it HERE once again and decide for yourself.

194 - the number of fighters

Just shy of 200 professional fighters competed for CWFC in 2013, with the highest number (46) coming from the welterweight division.

5 – the highest number of CWFC bouts that any fighter competed in last year

That honour is shared by English pair and BKK team-mates Jack Mason and Sean Carter, who both went 4-1 under the CWFC banner last year.

11 - the number of CWFC veterans or formerly CWFC-contracted fighters who joined the UFC

Nine Cage Warriors veterans inked deals with the UFC in 2013 - Sheila Gaff, Rosi Sexton, Conor McGregor, Leonardo Santos, Wilson Reis, Piotr Hallmann, Mats Nilsson, Zubair Tuhugov and Joanne Calderwood - while CWFC-signed pair Robert Whiteford and Davey Grant both moved to the promotion before having the chance to make their Cage Warriors debuts.

56 - the number of fighters who signed exclusive CWFC deals

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continued to strengthen its stable of fighters in 2013 with top talent from across Europe and beyond; the CWFC roster now boasts over 100 male and female athletes.

63 - the number of submissions

Submission was the most common method of victory on Cage Warriors in 2013, followed by decisions (48) and T/KOs (37). One bout (Michal Andryszak vs. Ion Cutelaba at CWFC 58 in Chechnya) ended via disqualification and one (Chris Fields vs. Norman Paraisy at CWFC 55 in Dublin) finished in a draw.

46 - the number of bonuses

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan awarded plenty of event bonuses last year, covering Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, KO of the Night and social media.

43,604 - the number of round-trip kilometres travelled

The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship crew travelled far and wide again in 2013, racking up a total of 43,604 kilometres from our London headquarters en route to staging 14 events.

5 - the number of nominees for 2013’s Best Promotion

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is one of five promotions nominated in the Fighters Only World MMA Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas on February 7.

35 - the number of events held under the current CWFC ownership

CWFC was eight years and 37-events-old when it assumed its current ownership under CEO Graham Boylan in the summer of 2010. The 14 events in 2013 brought the total under Boylan’s stewardship to 35 in the space of just three-and-a-half-years.

1,538,576 - the number of views on Cage Warriors TV

All broadcasted CWFC bouts are made available to watch on our YouTube channel, Cage Warriors TV, after each event. Cage Warriors TV attracted over one-and-a-half million views in 2013, bringing its total to 2,530,111.

41 - the average percentage increase per event for live stream views in 2013, compared to 2012

The number of fans tuning in to watch our event live streams in 2013 increased dramatically, despite those broadcasts being unavailable to viewers in the UK due to the terms of our Premier Sports broadcast deal. Last year’s most-viewed event was Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin in June, which was headlined by the meeting of Cathal Pendred and Che Mills.


World Series Of Fighting 8!

Conference Call Highlights

World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call on Thursday with "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" headliners Justin Gaethje (10-0) and Rich Patishnock (6-1), as well as main-card competitors Anthony Johnson (15-4), Mike Kyle (20-10-1), Jessica Aguilar (16-4) and Alida Gray (4-0). Joining the fighters on the call was WSOF President Ray Sefo and WSOF Executive Vice President Ali Abdelaziz.

World Series of Fighting 8 will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock," start at just $29, and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The bout tops a five-fight card that airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A five-fight undercard will stream live at www.WSOF.com.

The following are highlights from the conference call:

RAY SEFO:

"Obviously 2013 was a great year for World Series of Fighting and we are looking forward to kicking off the year with two world title fights and our first female fight. I couldn't be any happier than where we are.

"As far as the challenge out there offered to Bellator, I haven't heard one negative comment about it. Twitter and Facebook are blowing up all day since that challenge was offered and people are saying let's make it happen. Someone asked me about what the outcome would be and I would say 10 out of 10 in favor of World Series of Fighting."

ALI ABDELAZIZ:

"Both Justin (Gaethje) and Rich (Patishnock) are great fighters, they come forward and throw punches; they throw bombs. Stylistically this is a great fight. I can see this fight being five rounds of just a brutal blood bath and the fans are going to be the winner for this one.

"The fans are always going to go with the fighters. If Anthony (Johnson)'s contract is over and he wants to go fight for a different promotion then we will give him a big hug and wish him luck. This is 2014. This isn't boxing. They are different sports. Everyone should have a dream and should pursue them. When Ray, Shawn (Lampman) and I started this promotion we said: fighters first. This is why we have so many fans behind us and supporting us. We may not be the biggest, but we know that the ones who do tune into NBC Sports are truly MMA fans.

"I assure you we have a big fight coming for Nick Newell in 2014. I have probably the biggest fight of his life on the biggest stage. I've been planning this for almost seven months. Everything is about timing and Nick just fought. And we can't just have all the stars on one card. We want to be able to share the stars on different cards."

JUSTIN GAETHJE:

"I want to thank the World Series of Fighting for selecting me to be the face of their lightweight division. That's a big thing that they are entrusting me with and I'm excited about that.

"Rich throws a lot of punches and has a great takedown defense. This is a great matchup skill-wise for both of us. It's going to be an exciting fight and what I really try to do is give the fans an exciting fight. That's all I can really control."

RICH PATISHNOCK:

"I was happy I was given this opportunity and I was getting ready for a fight anyway. I didn't feel much pressure taking this fight on such short notice. You don't fight for a specific person. You have to fight for yourself and concentrate on what you're good at. You come up with a game plan but it really never sticks.

Win lose or draw I'm glad I've been given this opportunity."

ANTHONY JOHNSON:

"It's going to be exciting to get this fight over with. It seems like it's been about a year. I had to pull out the first time and then Mike had to pull out the second time. But we're finally getting it done and both of us are healthy.

"Mike is talented and has one of the best camps you can ever go to, AKA. He says he wants to push my cardio, well let's push it.

"I definitely plan to stay active this year if I can stay injury free and not break my hand any more. But I'm going to definitely try to break my hand on Jan. 18. As far as 2013, it wasn't a bad year for me. Even though I couldn't fight for various reasons I was still in the gym helping my teammates. I was satisfied with 2013.

"Fighting for the title isn't really on my mind right now. The first step is beating Mike Kyle and we'll go from there.

"I haven't hit my prime yet. When I do hit my prime, you'll know."

MIKE KYLE:

"It's a bummer fight fans have had to wait this long for this fight to happen. We're going to let those fans see a great show and I'm just excited to be a part of something like this.

"I really want to push the fight and push his cardio and see what kind of shape he's really in. This would make for a great championship fight but it is what it is and I'll wait for my time."

JESSICA AGUILAR:

"I'm going to give everything I always give and going to leave everything inside the cage. I'm just excited and grateful.

"It's been seven and a half years of hard training to get my first world title shot. All the hard work and those hours are finally going to pay off.

"We're going to mix it up. I'm going to go in there and dance and have fun and show some moves out there."

"Growing up my father was a karate black belt and we would have contests to see who could punch him the hardest in the tummy. And at the end I would always win and he would always say, 'For being so little, you punch hard.' I'm not going to predict what's going to happen. If I knock her out, great. If I tap her out, great. I'm just looking for a win. However it comes I'll take it."

ALIDA GRAY:

"I'm very honored to have been picked for this fight. I'm going to bring a fight to Jessica. I hope everybody's ready for this.

It hasn't been overwhelming getting ready for this fight. I watched Jessica fight before I turned pro. I told my coach I'm ready for this fight and ready to take these caliber fights. Finally this summer we made the decision that I was going to pro. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't know my name. She's out there and she's well known. She's No. 1 ranked. But come Jan. 18 people will get to know me.

"I think we're both very well-rounded fighters. I've been practicing on my stand-up. My judo is going to be there naturally. I'm not going to rely on it, I'm going to depend on it.

"I think my advantage is that I'm the underdog. I'm going in there with nothing to lose."


American Fighting Organization!

Selects Five AFO Ring Card Girls

The inaugural American Fighting Championship (AFO) Ring Card Girls Competition Finals contest was held this past Saturday night at The Greatest Bar in Boston to select the five original AFO ring card girls.

Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight boxing champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz owns and operates the new AFO, which will promote professional and amateur mixed-martial-arts and boxing events, starting in the first quarter of 2014.

The five selected AFO ring card girls are all Massachusetts residents: Maria Nazarro, North Reading; Amber Siriani, Lynn; Jacqui Reilly, Hull; Jaide Fernandes, Boston; Alicia Wright, Salem.

"It was an exciting night," said Ruiz, who is the only world heavyweight boxing champion of Latino heritage. "I want to thank everybody involved, especially all of the girls who competed, as well as our judges, The Greatest Bar, AFO staff, and, of course, the people who were their supporting AFO. This was a great way to officially launch the new AFO. I'm looking forward to our first event."

The four celebrity judges for the AFO Ring Girls Competition Finals were Reia Connor, former New England Patriots cheerleader and owner/dance instructor of Boston's only full service dance and promotional company, Phunk Phenomenom; former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, currently a writer/analyst/broadcaster for the Boston Herald, NESN, WEEI, and Patriots This Week; former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, an NFL analyst for CSN New England and guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub; and fitness specialist Maria Diaz.

Santi DeOleo, executive producer of JAM'M 94.5 FM "Ramiro's House" morning show, was the Master of Ceremonies and AFO ring announcer John Vena served as the event host.


World Series Of Fighting!

Palomino & Patino Kick Off Main Card

Justin Gaethje (10-0) will face one of MMA's top prospects in Rich Patishnock (6-1) for the World Series of Fighting's inaugural lightweight title in the Jan. 18 event titled "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock," which takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The co-main event features hard-hitting light-heavyweights Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) and Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1) meeting in a bout that has been postponed twice due to injuries. The highly anticipated fight, now almost a year in the making, is sure to produce an absolute explosion in the decagon.

"Injuries are an unavoidable aspect of MMA," said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. "I am very proud of my team here at WSOF for finding a very worthy opponent in Rich Patishnock to fight against Justin Gaethje for the title. I know that both of these guys have very crowd-pleasing fighting styles, and I can't wait to see what happens when that cage door shuts."

The 25-year-old Gaethje is a member of Colorado's Grudge Training Center and has already earned World Series of Fighting wins over Dan Lauzon, Brian Cobb and Cavalcante. Fighting professionally since 2011, Gaethje is undefeated in his first 10 career fights, and nine of those have ended via stoppage, including eight by knockout.

Patishnock, a 26-year-old fighting out of Whippany, NJ has made a name for himself in his first two WSOF appearances by defeating two men with the name that is most synonymous with MMA: Gracie. Patishnock defeated Igor Gracie at WSOF 2, and followed that up with a victory over his brother, Gregor Gracie at WSOF 5.

Patishnock's original opponent, Luis "Baboon" Palomino (21-9) will now face a tough challenge in MMA veteran Jorge "Macaco" Patino (35-14-2-1).

"Macaco," a Brazilian MMA practitioner, began fighting professionally in 1995 and has had several historic fights including his victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and two epic battles with recently signed WSOF fighter Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons. The 40-year-old Patino has won both the lightweight and welterweight titles with the Legacy FC promotion, a lightweight title with Predator FC, and fought for UFC welterweight championship against one of the sports legends in Pat Milletich.

The 33-year-old Palomino was born in Peru but now resides in Miami. A black belt in both capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Palomino is a force on the feet and the floor. A former Championship Fighting Alliance featherweight champion, Palomino recently moved up to lightweight and fell just short in a bid for the promotion's lightweight title. Palomino also fought five times for Bellator MMA, including a slot on the promotion's very first show.

Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock," start at just $29, and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The bout tops a five-fight card that airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The fights will also be broadcast on Brazilian television network, Esporte Interativo. A six-fight undercard, which will stream live at www.WSOF.com, will be announced shortly.

With the addition to the card, World Series of Fighting 8 now includes:

Justin Gaethje vs. Rich Patishnock for inaugural lightweight title

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray for inaugural womens strawweight title

Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam

Luis Palomino vs. Jorge Patino


World Series Of Fighting!

Nominated World MMA Awards

World Series of Fighting has been honored with six nominations in the latest edition of the Fighters Only World MMA Awards.

World Series of Fighting was one of five organizations nominated for "Best Promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo was named in the "Leading Man" category, lightweight contender Nick Newell was nominated for "Breakthrough Fighter of the Year," Josh Burkman's choke-out of Jon Fitch was nominated for "Submission of the Year," World Series of Fighting broadcaster Bas Rutten was named in the "Personality of the Year" category and Kat Kelley was named in the "Ringcard Girl of the Year" grouping.

The sixth-annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards honor achievements from Oct. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013. Winners are determined by fan voting and will be announced on Feb. 7 during a ceremony at The Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas.

Fans can cast their votes at www.worldmmaawards.com.

World Series of Fighting hosted its first event in November 2012. The promotion has since hosted 10 total events, including eight that aired on NBCSN and another two that took place in Nicaragua under the World Series of Fighting Central American banner. Along the way, the promotion crowned two champions and also announced the official launch of World Series of Fighting Canada, World Series of Fighting Japan and World Series of Fighting Brazil.

The promotion's next event is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" sees Justin Gaethje meet Rich Patishnock for the promotion's inaugural lightweight belt, while Jessica Aguilar faces Alida Gray for World Series of Fighting's inaugural women's strawweight title.


CES MMA!

Ready For 2014 Kickoff

The reigning four-time Promotion of the Year is ready to kick off 2014 with its biggest show yet.

CES MMA will return to Twin River Casino on Friday, Jan. 24 with another action-packed card stacked top to bottom with the region's top talent -- its 21st show in three years -- including defending CES MMA featherweight champion Rob Font (8-1, 2 KOs) and fan-favorite Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle (12-9, 9 KOs).

After promoting seven shows in 2013, including its 20th edition in December, CES MMA was recently named Promotion of the Year for the fourth time by popular website Mass-MMA.com.

As the calendar turns to 2014, Font is looking to build off the best year of his young career; in 2013, the Tampa native (now fighting out Sityodtong in Boston, Mass.) finished 4-0 with consecutive wins against elite featherweights in the northeast, including a breakthrough win against Saul Almeida in February and a dominant, knockout win over Chris Foster in August to capture the then-vacant CES MMA title.

Font will face Ahsan Abdullah (5-4, 2 KOs) of Binghamton, N.Y., in a three-round bout as he aims for his eight consecutive win and fifth overall under the promotional guidance of CES.

Chattelle, a Pawtucket, R.I., native, is hoping for a fresh start in 2014. He went 1-1 last year, losing a rematch to Dennis Olson in April and knocking out John Troyer in October. Two years removed from a perfect 4-0 finish in 2011, Chattelle start the new year against the always dangerous Shedrick Goodridge (4-6, 2 KOs) of Rahway, N.J. Goodridge is no stranger to the northeast; he made his CES MMA debut in 2012 in a loss to Brennan Ward and returned to Rhode Island last year with a knockout win over Brett Oteri in February.

The undercard of "CES MMA XXI" features a possible early candidate for Fight of the Year with undefeated Cambridge, Mass., bantamweight Kin Moy (4-0, 1 KO) stepping up to face Andre Soukhamthath (7-1, 4 KOs), CES' winningest fighter since its inception in 2010. A Woonsocket, R.I., native, Soukhamthath is making his first trip back to the Ocean State since relocating to Boca Raton, Fla., where he now trains with the famed Blackzilians. Since making his CES MMA debut in 2012, Soukhamthath has won seven consecutive fights, including a knockout win over Corey Simmons in CES' 2013 season finale in December in which he broke a tie with Chattelle to become the promotion's winningest fighter.

This is a big test for both fighters, particularly Moy, who burst onto the scene last year with big wins over Dinis Paiva Jr. and Kurt Chase-Patrick. Moy submitted Paiva via guillotine choke on CES' April card at Twin River and closed the year by submitting Chase-Patrick in the opening round of their bantamweight bout in September.

Also returning to Twin River is Melrose, Mass., heavyweight John Johnston (4-0, 4 KOs), who will attempt to keep his impressive streak of consecutive knockout wins (4) alive when he faces unbeaten William Baptiste (2-0, 1 KO) of Goldsboro, N.C. Paiva (3-5), meanwhile, will look to snap his two-fight losing streak in a bantamweight bout against Franklin Isabel (4-6) of Chelsea, Mass.; while fellow bantamweight Shaun Marmas (5-5, 1 KO) faces undefeated Salem, Mass., native Matt Doherty (2-0, 2 KOs) in a potential Fight of the Night candidate. Marmas split two bouts in 2013, beating Tom Evans in April and losing to Abdullah in June.

Exciting prospect Willie Brown Jr. (2-0) of Meriden, Conn., will look to keep his perfect record intact at "CES MMA XXI" in his first bout of the year in the lightweight division and featherweight Kyle Bochniak of Winthrop, Mass., will make his professional debut in a separate three-round bout. Middleweight Adam Quitt (1-3) of Framingham, Mass., will return for his first fight since February. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for "CES MMA XXI" are priced at $40, $55, $100 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Players Club.


NBC Sorts Network!

To Air Unstoppable: Best Of World Series Of Fighting

2013 was an incredible year for the World Series of Fighting, complete with exciting world-class fights, championship belts, and expansion into international territories such as Canada, Japan and Brazil. If you missed any of the action, you can relive some of WSOF's finest moments on Saturday, January 4 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT when NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) airs "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting."

The two-hour special looking back at the promotions first seven fights is produced by Tupelo-Honey Raycom in association with WSOF Productions and will be hosted by MMA legend Bas Rutten and Todd Harris, airing immediately following the Notre Dame-Boston College hockey game.

In addition to the fight highlights, fans will see exclusive interviews with World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo and superstars Steve Carl, Georgie Karakhanyan, Justin Gaethje, Nick Newell, Marlon Moraes, Anthony Johnson and David Branch. The special also features future stars such as Rich Patishnock, who is stepping up to fight Justin Gaethje for the inaugural WSOF lightweight title on Jan. 18, and a look at Florida's famed Blackzillian fight team.

Some of the fights we look back on with "Unstoppable: Best of World Series of Fighting" include:

WSOF 1

Anthony Johnson vs. DJ Linderman

Marlon Moraes vs. Miguel Torres

Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole

WSOF 2

Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson

Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam

Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson

WSOF 3

Justin Gaethje vs. Brian Cobb

Steve Carl vs. Tyson Steel

Dan Lauzon vs. John Gunderson

Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch

WSOF 4

Ray Sefo vs. Dave Huckaba

Nick Newell vs. Keon Caldwell

Marlon Moraes vs. Brandon Hempleman

Tyrone Spong vs. Angel Deanda

WSOF 5

David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort

Waylon Lowe vs. Georgi Karakhanyan

Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle

WSOF 6

Justin Gaethje vs. Dan Lauzon

Marlon Moraes vs. Carson Beebee

Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl

WSOF 7

Nick Newell vs. Sabah Fadai

Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer

World Series of Fighting will start on next years highlight reel at "WSOF 8: Gaethje vs. Patishnock" which takes place Jan. 18, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. and airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following a 6-fight undercard which streams live at www.WSOF.com.


World Series Of Fighting!

Adds Ashlee Evans-Smith, Emi Fujino, Teddy Holder, Tyler Stinson

The Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion continues to keep an eye on the future, and the organization is happy to announce the signing of four talented new names to its roster.

The group includes women's contenders Ashlee Evans-Smith and Emi Fujino, as well as two male counterparts in welterweight Tyler Stinson and light heavyweight Teddy Holder.

All four have signed exclusive, multi-fight deals with World Series of Fighting.

"While our global growth has really been a big story in recent months, I think the real key to our future success is bringing exciting fighters to our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "These four athletes all fit that description, and I look forward to watching each of them step into the World Series of Fighting decagon for the first time."

Evans-Smith (2-0) is best known for her recent win over transgender fighter Fallon Fox, a win that earned her the Championship Fighting Alliance women's featherweight tournament title. She'll now drop down to 135 pounds to compete for World Series of Fighting.

"I'm extremely excited to be working with World Series of Fighting," Evans-Smith said. "I've only heard great things from other fighters and coaches about the promotion, and I think it's the perfect home for me in this next step of my career.

"A lot of exciting and entertaining fights will happen in 2014. World Series of Fighting, NBCSN and I are going to be making waves, for sure."

Fujino (13-7) will soon celebrate her 10-year anniversary in the sport, with all 20 of her pro fights taking place in her native Japan. She went 2-1 in 2013, including a pair of submission wins.

"It's always been my dream to fight overseas, so I was extremely happy to be able to sign with such a big promotion like World Series of Fighting," Fujino said. "This is a big chance for me because so many fans are going to watch my fights.

"I believe women's MMA is going to be better and bigger, so I am glad to be a part of sending those messages to MMA fans across the world."

Competing professionally since 2006. Stinson (25-9) is a Bellator MMA and Strikeforce veteran. He currently owns a two-fight winning streak that includes back-to-back first-round finishes of Rob Kimmons and Zac Kelley. He currently trains alongside World Series of Fighting lightweight title contender Justin Gaethje at Colorado's Grudge Training Center.

"We had a few offers from different promotions, but World Series of Fighting seemed to make the most sense for me," Stinson said. "Justin Gaethje is my teammate and my roommate, and he seems to be taken care of really well by the organization. I think it would be really cool to have both of the belts (welterweight and lightweight) at our house by the end of the year."

Fighting out of Tennessee, Holder (8-1) has been competing professionally since 2008. He took a near-three-year break from competition between 2009 and 2012 but has since returned with a vengeance, racking up six wins in less than 24 months.

Holder is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, and he's never fought past the opening round of a bout.

"My dad always used to say, 'If it ain't broke don't fix it,' so I don't plan on changing my aggressive style," Holder said. "I'll be in your face and looking for finishes.

"I just plan on continuing to get better and adding more tools to my belt, so to speak. As a fan of MMA, I love to see knockouts and finishes. I like watching really aggressive fighters come in, bring it, and let it all hang out. So win lose or draw, when I step in the World Series of Fighting cage, it's gonna be exciting."

World Series of Fighting's next fight card takes place Jan. 18 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and features two championship matchups on the NBCSN-broadcast event.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors 63

All Cage Warriors 63 bouts are now set following today’s weigh-ins in Dublin.

With the exception of Polish lightweight Mateusz Teodorczuk, all fighters made weight for tomorrow night’s 12-bout bill at The Helix in the Irish capital.

Teodorczuk tipped at the scales at 157.3lbs and subsequently surrenders 25 per cent of his purse to opponent Paul Redmond, but their bout will go ahead nevertheless.

With the CWFC feathweight and lightweight titles also on the line, respective champions Jim Alers and Stevie Ray also hit the mark ahead of their defences against Graham Turner and Ivan Buchinger

CAGE WARRIORS 63 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Lightweight title: Ivan Buchinger (154.8lbs) vs. Steven Ray (154lbs)

161lbs catchweight: John Maguire (162lbs) vs. Philip Mulpeter (160.7lbs)

Featherweight title: Graham Turner (143.7lbs) vs. Jim Alers (144.9lbs)

Lightweight: Paul Redmond (156lbs) vs. Mateusz Teodorczuk (157.3lbs)*

Strawweight: Karla Benitez (115.6lbs) vs. Aisling Daly (116lbs)

Lightweight: Myles Price (155.5lbs) vs. Sean Carter (155.5lbs)

Atomweight: Morgane Delagnau (103.5lbs) vs. Catherine Costigan (105.5lbs)

Welterweight: John Redmond (169lbs) vs. Kieran Davern (169.9lbs)

Flyweight: Slavka Vitaly (125.1lbs) vs. Amanda English (125.4lbs)

159lbs catchweight: Chris Boujard (157.4lbs) vs. Peter Queally (158.8lbs)

Bantamweight: Gavin Kelly (134.5lbs) vs. Dylan Sheehan (134.3lbs)

Featherweight: Mick Brennan (145.9lbs) vs. Kieran O’Brien (144lbs)

*Fighter missed weight and subsequently surrendered 25 per cent of his purse to his opponent


Derrick Mehmen!

Honored With Bazzie Award

World Series of Fighting heavyweight Derrick Mehmen provided one of the most memorable knockouts of the year with his stunning finish of Rolles Gracie, and the "Caveman" was awarded a 2013 Bazzie Award for his effort.

Mehmen's one-punch knockout of Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Rolles Gracie, who was 8-1 entering the fight, was named the "KO Punch of the Year" at this past weekend's Bazzie Awards, presented by Kenny Rice and MMA legend Bas Rutten on AXS TV's weekly MMA news series "Inside MMA."

"Thank you 'Inside MMA' for 'KO Punch of the Year,'" Mehmen said on the show. "I'd also like to thank my management team, KO Dynasty, American Top Team and Hard Drive Mixed Martial Arts and all my training partners and family and especially all the fans for tuning in and watching my 'KO Punch of the Year. Look for me in 2014."

The 28-year-old Mehmen made his World Series of Fighting debut in September at World Series of Fighting 5, where he leveled Gracie with a massive right hand. The power of the blow spun Gracie around before he fell face-first into the canvas in a shocking scene.

Mehmen (16-5) returns to action on Jan. 18, where he meets Scott "The Bear" Barrett (13-3) at "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Gonzalez," which takes place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The evening's main card airs on NBCSN following preliminary bouts that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Additionally, World Series of Fighting partner Pancrase, a Tokyo-based promotion with 20 years of experience, was also honored at the 2013 Bazzie Awards.

Takuya Eizumi's slick rolling armbar finish of Teppei Masuda was named the 2013 Bazzie Awards' "Submission of the Year." The matchup took place at July's "Pancrase 250: 2013 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals" event.

World Series of Fighting Japan is set to host its debut event in early 2014.


American Fighting Organization!

Ring Card Girls Competition Finals Sat In Boston

The AFO MMA Ring Girls Competition Finals will be held this Saturday night (7 p.m. ET start) at The Greatest Bar (262 Friend Street) in Boston.

All of the original contest entrants will be introduced at the aforementioned event. The 10 finalists will be announced and compete before a panel of five judges who will select the five official AFO MMA Ring Girls for 2014.

New England's newest combat sports promoter, two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight boxing champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz, owns and operates the new American Fighting Organization (AFO).

"This event will launch the new AFO," said Ruiz, who is the remains the only world heavyweight boxing champion of Latino heritage. "We are reintroducing the AFO and letting fans throughout New England that the new AFO is here and ready to go. We are in final negotiations with several potential venues for our MMA and boxing events.

"We wanted to get people from various sports and dance to be judges and we have a great group. I'm honored that they've agree to take time from their busy schedules to judge our contest."

Santi DeOleo, executive producer of JAM'M 94.5 FM "Ramiro's House" morning show, will be the Master of Ceremonies, while AFO ring announcer John Vena serves as the event host.

The five celebrity judges for Saturday night's AFO MMA Ring Girls Competition Finals will be Lyndon "LB" Byers, former Boston Bruins tough guy and WAAF sports jock; Reia Connor, former New England Patriots cheerleader and owner/dance instructor of Boston's only full service dance and promotional company, Phunk Phenomenom; former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, currently a writer/analyst/broadcaster for the Boston Herald, NESN, WEEI, and Patriots This Week; former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, an NFL analyst for CSN New England and guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub; and fitness specialist Maria Diaz.

AFO will promote amateur and professional mixed martial arts and boxing events, as well as promote MMA fighters and boxers, starting in early 2014 with an amateur MMA tournament in various weight classes to determine the best in New England.

A specially designed AFO title belt to be awarded to each tournament winner will be displayed for the first time at the AFO Ring Girls Competition Finals. A trophy will also be awarded to the gym producing the most champions at the AFO MMA Tournament. Ruiz also set a goal for promoting his first boxing event, possibly a Pro-Am, or even a boxing-MMA hybrid, outdoors this coming summer.


Aguilar V Gray!

World Series of Fighting 8

Next month's World Series of Fighting 8 event features a second championship matchup, as the No. 1 ranked 115-pound woman in the world, Jessica Aguilar (16-4), meets Alida Gray (4-0) for World Series of Fighing's inaugural women's strawweight title.

The bout airs live on NBC Sports Network on the main card of the Jan. 18 event, which takes place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

"We're excited to host the first-ever women's bout in the World Series of Fighting decagon, and there's no better way to do it than with a title on the line," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Jessica Aguilar is currently the absolute best 115-pounder on the planet, but Alida Gray is a lifelong martial artist who has been on an absolute tear since turning her attention to MMA. I can't wait to see these two clash."

"Jag" Aguilar is a member of Florida's famed American Top Team and currently boasts a seven-fight winning streak. She competed most recently in October, when she earned a second career win over her idol and MMA legend Megumi Fujii. Aguilar has lost just once in her past 12 appearances and now makes her World Series of Fighting debut.

"My training is going awesome over here with the best team in the world at ATT," Aguilar said. "It's nice to be recognized as the top strawweight in the world, but I'm looking forward to finally receiving a belt and continuing to show the world why I'm the best. I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue doing what I love to do."

Meanwhile, Gray brings a perfect record to the cage after racking up four stoppage wins in just the past six months alone. Fighting out of Texas' Bushido MMA, Gray was an alternate on the 1996 U.S. Olympic judo team. She launched an amateur MMA career in 2010 and eventually turned pro earlier this year. Her four victories include a submission win to score Oklahoma's Sugar Creek Showdown women's strawweight title, as well as a brutal one-punch knockout of Soannia Tiem.

"I'm excited to get in the decagon," Gray exclaimed. "This all came very unexpectedly, but I knew it was a great opportunity for me to prove that I belong at the top. This is going to be my first time on national television, but I'm no stranger to big fights. I'm not going to put too much thought into it. I'm confident in my skills, and when I get in there I will shut everyone else out and go home with the belt."

With the addition to the card, World Series of Fighting 8 now includes:

Justin Gaethje vs. Lewis Gonzalez for inaugural lightweight title

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray for inaugural women's strawweight title

Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam


Gaethje V Lewis!

World Series of Fighting 8

Justin Gaethje (10-0) will face a dangerous Lewis Gonzalez (9-0) for the World Series of Fighting's inaugural lightweight title in the Jan. 18 event titled "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Gonzalez," which takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The co-main event features hard-hitting light-heavyweights Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) and Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1) will meet in a bout that has been postponed twice due to injuries. The highly anticipated fight, now almost a year in the making,is sure to produce an absolute explosion in the decagon.

"This past year has been incredible for World Series of Fighting, and I'm proud to be able to carry that success over in the start of 2014 with this incredible lightweight title fight," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I know that both of these guys have great wrestling backgrounds, but their striking is so impressive. I can't wait for this one."

The 25-year-old Gaethje is a member of Colorado's Grudge Training Center and has already earned World Series of Fighting wins over Dan Lauzon, Brian Cobb and Cavalcante. Fighting professionally since 2011, Gaethje is undefeated in his first 10 career fights, and nine of those have ended via stoppage, including eight by knockout.

"I think some of my toughest fights have been against wrestlers, and I know that's where my opponent is strong," Gaethje said of his new adversary. "He also has a ton of heart. I see this fight being action-packed from the second the cage door shuts until one of us gets the finish.

"I don't think there is any way this one goes five rounds. I see a lot of opportunities for some big kicks and knees, and I give my word to the World Series of Fighting fans that Lewis and I will give them one hell of a show."

Turlock, California's "Lethal" Lewis Gonzalez is a top prospect in the sport training with the MMAGOLD Fight Team. Gonzalez was impressive in his World Series of Fighting debut this past August, when he beat established fight veteran Antonio McKee.

Gonzalez has won seven of his nine fights by stoppage and saw three of his five submission victims tap due to strikes.

"I'm honored by the opportunity to get in there and bang for the lightweight title," Gonzalez said. "Justin is a tough competitor and a great wrestler. You can expect both of us to be coming forward the whole time and meet somewhere in the middle."

With the addition to the card, World Series of Fighting 8 now includes:

Justin Gaethje vs. Lewis Gonzalez for inaugural lightweight title

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam

Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Gonzalez," start at just $29, and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The bout tops a five-fight card that airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A four-fight undercard, which will stream live at www.WSOF.com, will be announced shortly.


Zachrich V Fioravanti!

UVC 27

Ultimate Victory Challenge will kick off a massive 2014 schedule on February 8, as UVC 27 is set with the biggest main event in organizational history. Columbus native Luke Zachrich will return to the UVC cage for the third time, and he’ll welcome 9-time UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti in the night’s middleweight headliner.

Entitled “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” UVC 27 is set to go down on February 8, 2014 at the beautiful Aladdin Shrine Center near the world-famous Easton Shopping Center in Columbus. A deep undercard and amateur preliminary card will also be in toe for the event.

“Not only are we excited to bring fans a colossal main event like Zachrich vs. Fioravanti, but we’re also putting together a great overall card for UVC 27,” UVC co-owner Rick Pyles stated. “This will be the best fight card to hit Columbus in years.”

Zachrich (13-2 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) looks to go 3-0 inside the UVC cage, as the Ronin Training Center co-owner has already amassed victories over Nick Kraus and Marcus Finch in previous outings. Most recently, he submitted Justin Gamble in the first round earlier in 2013. A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Zachrich recently traveled to New York City for the Pan-Am Games where he became the 2013 Brown Belt Masters Open Class Champion.

With an impressive record and a new management group, Zachrich knows that he is just one step away from the next level of his career. A win over a fighter like Fioravanti could put the “Ultimate Fighter 7” and Bellator veteran inside the Octagon.

“I can’t explain how excited I am for an opportunity to fight a guy like Luigi,” Zachrich said. “He’s fought a who’s who of the top guys in the sport and I can’t wait to test myself against someone of his caliber.”

“I feel like I belong in the UFC and at this point I don’t think there’s a better way for me than by beating a crafty veteran like Luigi Fioravanti.”

A longtime staple of American Top Team, Fioravanti (23-11 / fighting out of St. Louis, MO) now lives and trains in the Gateway to the West at Finney’s MMA, where he is also an instructor. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, “The Italian Tank” competed in the UFC nine times from 2006-2009, where he racked up four wins against some of the best fighters in the world. Along with stepping in with the likes of Chris Leben, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, and Anthony Johnson, Fioravanti posted victories over Solomon Hutcherson, Dave Menne, Luke Cummo, and Brodie Farber.

A former United States Marine, Fioravanti has posted a 10-6 record since his time in the UFC, including a 2-0 record with two stoppage victories in 2013. He has earned 15 of his career victories via stoppage, and is known for his massive punching power and slick submissions.

Along with the main event bout, two experienced veterans will compete in the night’s co-headliner, as Strikeforce veteran Marc Cofer (9-7 / fighting out of Westerville, OH) will return to take on Marcus Finch (8-7 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) in a middleweight bout.

The 41-year-old Cofer recently picked up his first win under the UVC banner with a unanimous decision over Tyson Triplett at UVC 23. Riding a three-fight winning streak, Cofer has already said that this will be his last MMA bout. He will be retiring to focus on coaching wrestling and training young fighters.

Finch, who dropped a decision to Zachrich in the UVC 23 main event, returned to action in October, where he earned a TKO stoppage victory. The 31-year-old is 4-2 in his last six bouts and returns looking to earn his first UVC victory.

Tickets start at $30 are available now via www.LocalMMATickets.com.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

CWFC 61 Fight Card Update

The weigh-ins for a disrupted Cage Warriors 61 card took place this afternoon in Amman, Jordan.

Heavy fog at Heathrow Airport in London yesterday wreaked havoc with the travel schedules of several fighters and subsequently forced the cancellation of two bouts.

Mohsen Bahari and Hakon Foss, who were due to catch connecting flights having flown from Oslo, were unable to depart from London in sufficient time so their respective welterweight bouts against Mukhamed Berkhamov and Matt Inman were forced off the bill.

Cage Warriors officials then sought to re-match Berkhamov and Inman in a 170lbs bout against each other, but that proposal was turned down by Berkhamov, who became the third potential opponent for Inman to fall through this week following Bruno Carvalho’s injury withdrawal on Monday.

Inman had only arrived in Amman at 6am this morning having also been subject to severe flight delays, but the Englishman stepped on the scales this afternoon nevertheless and made weight at 169.8lbs.

Cage Warriors 61 will go ahead tomorrow night at the King Hussein Boxing Arena as a reduced eight-bout professional card, which will be headlined by a crucial bantamweight contest between Marat Pekov and James Brum, neither of whom had any issues making weight today.

All other fighters also weighed in under the limit at the first attempt, with the exception of James Hurrell, who needed an additional half-hour to make the 206lbs limit, and Romanian flyweight Paul Marin, who endured a gruelling flight schedule in order to make it to Amman.

Travelling from his base in Barcelona, Marin missed his scheduled connection in London and instead made his way to Amman on an overnight flight that involved a lengthy stopover in Cairo.

Marin landed in the Jordanian capital less than an hour before the weigh-ins were due to begin and used the additional two-hour buffer to cut to as low as 126.8lbs, but in spite of the 0.8lb of excess weight, no purse deduction will occur as a result of the several travel disruption.

CAGE WARRIORS 61 WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Bantamweight: Marat Pekov (135.6lbs) vs. James Brum (135lbs)

Welterweight: Seydina Seck (170.6lbs) vs. Jack Mason (171lbs)

Light-heavyweight: James Hurrell (205.6lbs) vs. Mohamed Ali (204.6lbs)

176lbs catchweight: Vincent del Guerra (175.6lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (175.6lbs)

Lightweight: Julien Boussuge (156lbs) vs. Damien Brown (156lbs)

Flyweight: Paul Marin (126.8lbs)* vs. Spencer Hewitt (125.6lbs)

Welterweight: James Burrows (170.8lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (170.4lbs)

Featherweight: Doni Miller (145.4lbs) vs. Arnold Allen (144.6lbs)

*0.8lb over the limit but no purse deduction will occur due to disruption to fighter’s travel schedule


Foss Replaces Carvalho!

CWFC 61

Unfortunately our main event has fallen through at short notice for the second week running, with Bruno Carvalho withdrawing from his CWFC 61 bout against Matt Inman, which was scheduled for this Friday in Amman, Jordan.

Bruno informed CWFC officials of an injury on Monday afternoon, but a replacement opponent has since been found for Inman, with Norway's Hakon Foss stepping in to take Carvalho's place.

The order of the card will be confirmed later today, so please see CageWarriors.com for details of that, but as of now the bout between Foss and Inman will open the main card, with James Brum vs. Marat Pekov looking likely to top the bill.


HONCHAK DECISIONS SMITH!

INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 7

Barb Honchak won a hard-fought, unanimous decision victory to retain the Invicta FC Flyweight World Championship over challenger Leslie Smith in Saturday’s Invicta Fighting Championships 7 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Honchak (9-2) and Smith (6-4-1) traded blows in the all-action bout, but it was Honchak’s technical striking and ability to take Smith to the ground and inflict damage that was the difference. All three judges scored the bout 49-46.

“I knew Leslie would be tough,” said Honchak, who has won seven fights in a row. “I wanted to take her down because that’s what I’ve been working on.

I thought we had a great striking battle. I think we had one close round, but at least four of the rounds were mine:”

Smith didn’t disagree with the decision when asked about the judges’ scorecards at the post-fight press conference.

“Barb was the better fighter tonight,” Smith said. “I feel like I never turned it on 100 percent. It wasn’t a surprise to me at the end because I feel like I could have fought a much better fight.”

Lauren Murphy (8-0) won inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship via fourth round TKO when the previously unbeaten Miriam Nakamoto (2-1, 1 NC) had to stop fighting due to a knee injury.

Murphy and Nakamoto traded shots in the first two rounds before the undefeated Murphy turned the tide with a takedown toward the end of the third. Nakamoto appeared to injure her knee during the takedown and struggled to get back up with Murphy repeatedly landing blows to close out the round.

Just :23 seconds into the fourth, Nakamoto slipped and instantly grabbed her right knee as she fell to the canvas in pain. Referee Mike England immediately ended the bout.

“When I came back in the third I just wanted to keep it going the next couple of rounds,” Murphy said. “I think she’s an amazing fighter and if she wants a rematch I’d be happy to do it.

“I saw her nose was bloodied and I could taste the blood in my mouth from when she hit me. Nothing gets you more excited than two people beating the shit out of each other.”

Tecia Torres (3-0) put on a dominant performance to keep her undefeated record intact against Felice Herrig (9-5) with a unanimous decision (30-27 three times). Herrig, who was making her highly-anticipated Invicta debut, was completely dominated by the shorter Torres, who showcased an impressive arsenal of strikes and kicks.

“What shocked me was total domination,” Torres said. “I’ve always looked up to her so it was an honor to be in the same cage. Everything just came together. People think I’m one dimensional, but not tonight.

“I think I’m pretty close to the title, but I’m in no rush.”

In a battle of unbeatens, Joanne Calderwood (8-0) handed fellow strawweight contender Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (8-1-1) her first loss with a unanimous decision scored 29-28 by all three judges.

“I’ll just fight whoever is in front of me,” said Calderwood when asked if she deserves a shot at the Invicta Strawweight belt. “That’s my job. I’ll leave the rest up to them.”

Julia Budd (6-2) defeated fellow Canadian Charmaine Tweet (4-4) to remain undefeated in four bouts under the Invicta banner with convincing unanimous decision victory (30-27).

After the fight, Budd didn’t back down when asked by Invicta analyst Miesha Tate if she’d like to fight Invicta Featherweight World Champion Cris Cyborg Justino.

“I’m looking to be the best and looking to fight the best,” Budd said. “Whoever they put in front of me I’m happy to fight.”

Vanessa Porto (16-6) kicked off the PPV telecast with a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 twice) over Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-4) in a three-round flyweight.

Tonya Evinger (12-6) closed out the free one-hour live viewing portion with a unanimous decision (29-28 three times) over Sarah D' Alelio (7-5). In the opening bout of the evening, flyweight Nina Ansaroff (6-4) scored a TKO (strikes) at 3:54 of the second round over Munah Holland (5-3).


KARAKHANYAN SUBMITS PALMER!

INAUGURAL FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

With a nine-fight winning streak to his credit, Georgi Karakhanyan is the World Series of Fighting's first-ever featherweight champion.

Karakhanyan earned the belt with a slick, third-round submission of previously undefeated contender Lance Palmer in the main event of Saturday's "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" event, which took place at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card aired on NBCSN.

Karakhanyan came out looking to strike, firing off high kicks from range. He also showed some impressive early takedown defense. As Palmer settled in to strike, he reached out with a right hand that saw his open fingers scrape Karakhanyan's left eye. During the timeout, Karakhanyan repeatedly blinked and wiped the eye but ultimately elected to continue.

Palmer was busier on the restart, kicking the legs and mixing up his striking attacks. But Karakhanyan was happy to answer back, nearly scoring an incredible spinning high kick in the closing moments of the round.

In the second, it was Karakhanyan who accidentally poked his opponent's eye, though the stoppage was much shorter in duration. Palmer scored a takedown shortly after, but Karakhanyan was quick to nearly turn it into an armbar before eventually getting himself back to the feet. Palmer stayed with the strategy, bringing the fight again to the canvas, where he finished the frame, though Karakhanyan was active underneath.

Palmer kept his pace high in the third, and he was able to match his opponent in the striking department. Midway through the round, he pushed an off-balance Karakhanyan to the floor and moved to his opponent's back. Karakhanyan defended well and eventually turned into the hold. Then, in an impressive transition, he wrapped his arm around the neck and locked in a guillotine choke attempt, rolling over again to squeeze the hold and earn the tap with 20 seconds remaining in the round.

"Lance Palmer is a great fighter," Karakhanyan said after the win. "He comes from a good wrestling background. My coach, Romie Aram told me to keep it standing and pick him apart, but Lance was trying to drag me down. It was a very tough fight, but if I put that guillotine on you, I don't care who you are, you're tapping."

In the night's co-feature, Jesse Taylor (27-9) was dominant in a three-round decision win over Elvis Mutapcic (13-3) and will now face David Branch for World Series of Fighting's inaugural middleweight title.

Taylor took the fight immediately to the floor in the opening round and swarmed his opponent with ground-and-pound blows. Taylor sliced open his foe with vicious work and continually looked for potential submission opportunities or improved positions.

Taylor pushed in quickly again in the second, and though Mutapcic was ready with a guillotine attempt, his opponent popped his head free and again set up in top position. Mutapcic earned a reprieve when the action stalled, but as he pushed in and went for an arm-triangle choke, Taylor simply rolled over and swept to the top.

The final round was a carbon copy of the first two, as Taylor overwhelmed Mutapcic with superior wrestling skills and shut down any sort of counter attack before it became a real threat, and he was awarded the fight with scores of 30-27 on all three cards.

"Elvis is a tough, standup guy," Taylor said. "I wanted to ensure the win.

"The belt's going to be mine, I assure you that. The belt's mine."

Inspirational congenital amputee Nick Newell (11-0) kept his record perfect, tapping out Sabah Fadai (7-3) in picking up his 10th first-round stoppage win.

Newell looked to strike in the early going, as he established range with his opponent. He earned a takedown in the opening minute, snatching a single-leg and sweeping out the other. Fadai immediately scrambled back to his feet, but Newell followed and latched in a standing guillotine choke. The hold was tight, and Newell squeezed until he got the tap just 81 seconds into the fight.

Following the win, Newell - who now boasts back-to-back submission wins under the World Series of Fighting banner - angled for a shot at the winner of the World Series of Fighting 8 lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje and "Lethal" Lewis Gonzalez.

"I think you know there's a vacant belt out there," Newell said. "We've got two guys fighting for it, and I think everybody knows who's next."

In the evening's first main-card matchup, light heavyweights Kalib Starnes and Dwayne Lewis went toe-to-toe from the opening bell, happily trading shots in the pocket. Starnes looked to wobble his opponent a few times in the early going, but he couldn't find the finishing blow.

That changed in the second.

As Starnes continued to establish his rhythm, he turned up the volume and backed Lewis to the cage. From there, he unleashed a barrage of strikes that included a short left elbow that sent Lewis crashing to the canvas 62 seconds into the second round, and the fight was immediately waved off.

Starnes, who has now won four consecutive fights, said his opponent's vaunted knockout power didn't exactly live up to its billing.

"I saw a few times when I would let go and he would cover up against the fence, it looked like he was maybe ready to go," Starnes said. "I heard a lot about his right-hand power. He knocked out a lot of guys. Once I felt it, it wasn't really as hard as I thought it would be."

In the night's featured prelim, welterweight Michael "The Messenger" Hill (6-2) was awarded a TKO win over Richard Arsenault (9-3), albeit in unfortunate fashion.

Arsenault appeared to suffer some type of injury in the opening round, as he took an awkward step and struggled to support his own weight. Hill seized the opportunity and went on the attack, but a gritty Arsenault refused to quit, hanging on until the bell and limping to his corner.

In the second, Arsenault simply couldn't support the weight, and he fell to the floor early in the frame. Hill backed away and brought him back to the feet, where it was painfully obvious he was unable to properly stay upright. The doctor was brought in to make a call, and while Arsenault insisted he was willing to fight on one leg, it was wisely decided he shouldn't attempt to do so, and Hill was awarded the TKO win.

In a middleweight battle of British Columbia residents, David "Showtime" Perron (6-2) earned an impressive submission win over Matt "The Riotmaker" Baker (9-5), bringing a huge cheering section to a frenzy.

It was Baker who charged forward from the opening bell, delivering a huge slam and driving Perron to the canvas. Perron scrambled into a guillotine choke, but he couldn't lock in the hold and was forced to let go. When he did, Baker looked to attack, but Perron transitioned into an immediate triangle choke that forced his opponent to tap at the 1:46 mark of the opening round.

In a 15-minute lightweight affair, late replacement Gabriel Solorio (10-6) survived some early trouble to bounce back for a come-from-behind decision win over Shawn Albrecht (9-6).

Albrecht looked prepared to end the fight in the first, as he took his opponent's back and searched for the choke. But Solorio patiently worked himself free and then proved the more aggressive fighter over the final two frames.

Albrecht took a knee to the groin late in the third, briefly halting the action. On the restart, he went on the attack, but it was too little, too late, and Solorio was awarded a unanimous-decision win, 29-28 on all three cards.

In a gritty lightweight affair, Myles "The Cowboy" Merola (11-7) grinded out "Dirty" Dan Ring (5-2-1) en route to unanimous-decision win.

After a grappling-heavy opening round, Merola looked to finish the fight in the second frame, as he latched on to a guillotine that seemed to cinch tighter and tighter. Ring kept his composure and was able to break free from the hold, but he would find further trouble as the bout continued.

In the final round, Ring further damaged his chances by landing three short kicks from his back to a kneeling Merola and losing a point for the infraction. At the final bell, Merola was awarded the win, 29-27 on all three judges' cards.

In the night's first contest, middleweight Brendan Kornberger (4-0) kept his perfect record intact with a devastating TKO victory over "Mitey" Micah Brakefield (3-2) at 2:45 of round 2.

The taller Brakefield was able to control the pacing in the opening round, but that changed in the second. Kornberger brought the fight to the floor, and a few thunderous elbows stunned Brakefield before a flurry of punches sealed the deal. With Kornberger teeing off with power strikes, Brakefield's corner threw in the towel, ending the fight at the 2:45 mark of the round


CLAUDIA GADELHA!

FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM BOUT DUE TO ILLNESS

Invicta Fighting Championships Strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled title bout against Carla Esparza after contracting a bacterial infection.

“Claudia ran a high fever late Friday evening and went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in her intestines,” said Shannon Knapp, President Invicta Fighting Championships. “We know Claudia wanted this title opportunity more than anything and all of us at Invicta wish her a speedy recovery.

“Tonight’s PPV will go on as planned with two world championship fights and a stacked undercard.”

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook page.


Rob Font!

Wins Seventh Fight In A Row

New England’s hottest fighter added another big win to his resume Friday night at Twin River Casino in the finale of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ 2013 mixed martial arts Fight Series.

Reading, Mass., featherweight Rob Font (8-1) won his seventh consecutive bout, smothering Canadian challenger Matt DiMarcantonio (4-4) in the main event of “CES MMA XX,” beating DiMarcantonio by unanimous decision, 30-27, on all three scorecards.

Font’s ground-and-pound was too much for the lanky DiMarcantonio to overcome. Font started each of the final two rounds with loud takedowns and kept DiMarcantonio on the defensive throughout, using short elbows in the half-guard position to prevent his opponent from climbing back to his feet.

As he and his family prepare to move to Florida, Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath (7-1) ended 2013 in equally impressive fashion and become the winningest fighter in CES MMA history, stopping tough veteran Corey Simmons (5-6) of Defiance, Ohio at the bell in the opening round of Friday’s co-feature.

Soukhamthath finished the round strong, stunning Simmons with a series of short right elbows, opening a cut near Simmons’ right eye. The ringside physician examined the cut and allowed Simmons to continue, but Simmons began dry-heaving in the corner before the start of the second round and eventually fell flat on his back, forcing referee Kevin MacDonald to stop the bout. Soukhamthath, who has now won seven consecutive to break a tie with Todd Chattelle as CES’ winningest fighter, will begin training with the famed Blackzilians in Boca Raton and continue fighting in the northeast in 2014.

Fighting for a chance to compete for the vacant CES MMA lightweight title in 2014, Providence’s own Luis Felix (10-7) once again stepped up on the big stage, defeating the tough Lucas Cruz (6-2) of Somerville, Mass., by split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in a special lightweight title eliminator bout.

Felix, who also owns wins over Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) took control of the fight in the second round, striking Cruz with a series of leg kicks to the head and overhand rights, causing tremendous swelling and bleeding under Cruz’s left eye. The action slowed to a crawl in the third round, but Felix had already done enough to win the fight by a slim margin, eliminating Cruz from title contention.

Showcasing his incredible strength and poise, Dedham, Mass., welterweight Brett Oteri (12-5) earned a stunning submission win over the dangerous Dennis Olson (13-8) at the 2:16 mark of the second round. With his back to the cage midway through the round, Oteri began to lock in the kimora. Olson tried to counter with a slam, but Oteri kept it locked in and eventually forced Olson to tap out, ending Oteri’s two-fight losing streak in dramatic fashion. Olson, who previously submitted Chattelle in April, lost for the fourth time in six fights.

In what might have been the knockout of the night – and perhaps the most exciting knockout of 2013 – East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate “The Snake” Andrews (6-0, 3 KOs) made quick work of Franklin Isabel (4-6) knocking out the Chelsea, Mass., native with a left rear leg kick to the back of the neck at the 51-second mark of the opening round. Isabel tried to catch Andrews off guard at the opening bell, rushing out of his corner toward his opponent, but Andrews got back on his feet, kept his poise and then ended the bout seconds later with a perfectly-executed rear leg kick, sending Isabel face-first to the canvas. Andrews finished 2013 with a perfect 4-0 record.

Making his comeback to mixed martial arts following a short-lived retirement, Providence’s Greg Rebello (17-5, 9 KOs) returned in spectacular fashion, stopping fellow heavyweight John Doyle (10-21) of Newark, N.J., in a rematch of their 2010 bout at the 3:10 mark of the second round. Rebello earned the win with unanswered strikes, taking Doyle to the canvas and peppering his opponent with a flurry of right hooks before MacDonald stopped the fight. Rebello also beat Doyle three years ago by unanimous decision.

Also returning to Rhode Island, former Johnson & Wales University wrestling star Charles Rosa (6-0), now fighting and training out of Boynton Beach, Fla., ended 2013 with a bang, submitting the game Ralph Johnson (6-8) of Worcester, Mass., via the anaconda choke at the 3:03 mark of the opening round. Rosa won for the third time in as many bouts at Twin River.

East Providence, R.I., welterweight Eric Spicely (3-0) kept his perfect record intact Friday in the opening bout with a win over Tyler Rose (1-1) of North Branford, Conn., who was forced to withdraw when the ringside physician stopped the bout due to a left shoulder injury sustained by Rose in the opening round. The bout was scored a technical knockout win for Spicely at the 5-minute mark of the first round.

Making his northeast debut, former collegiate wrestling champion TJ Hepburn (2-0) of East Ledyard, Conn. (Kearney, Neb.), won for the second time in as many bouts, submitting the game Tundee Odumuso (1-2) of nearby Johnston, R.I., via rear-naked choke at the 2:27 mark of the third round. Hepburn scored takedowns toward the end of the first and second rounds and then caught Odumuso early in the third before submitted midway through.

Making his professional debut, West Roxbury, Mass., featherweight Ruso Khubejashvili (1-0) showed the poise of a veteran, outworking Thomas Evans (2-3) of Central Falls, R.I., over the course of three rounds to secure a 30-27 unanimous decision win on all three scorecards. Evans, who was looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, failed to use his height and length to his advantage and instead found himself on the defensive for most of the fight while Khubejashvili executed effective ground-and-pound.


XFE 31!

On GFL.tv

In the Main Event of the evening, Bellator veteran Shedrick "Chocolate Thunder" Goodrigde (3-6) will be squaring off Elder "Psycho" Ramos (4-2). This is a stylistic match up and fan of MMA is sure to love!

Goodridge vs Ramos was originally slated as the co-main event but due to injury, a cut eye on Mike Pope, this sure to be brutal attraction got the bump. Even though this was originally slated as the co-main event, Goodridge-Ramos has main event material written all over it.

"This was once of those fights that would have been a main event anywhere else and luckily, as always, we stacked the card. When Pope suffered the cut, we had a main event waiting in the wings. Here at XFE we try to make every fight main event worthy just in case something happens to this nature," explained XFE promoter David Feldman.

"Chocolate Thunder", a Bellator veteran, as always is prepared for war at XFE 31 at Harrahs Casino & Resort in Chester, PA broadcasting LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv! "My training camp has been pretty good a couple nicks and bruises but other than that great," said Goodridge discussing his training camp.

Goodridge, being the type of fighter that never shy's away from a challenge, accepted his fight with Ramos without having any knowledge of his opponent. "I really didn't know much about him did some research but I mean nothing really stood out. I see he throws an overhand right a lot from his hip and relies on wrestling. I feel I'm the better wrestler. I'm longer so I will be able to dictate the fight with my jab," explained Goodridge when discussing his opponent and his opponent's flaws.

"I have no problem where ever the fight goes I feel I have the advantage standing and on the ground," says Goodridge. Not only does Goodrdge feel that he has the advantage physically but he feels he has the mental advantage do to his big fight experience compared to Elder Ramos."I've been there I know what to expect and how to handle getting in that cage, putting on a good show, and getting the job done."

Like Goodridge, "Psycho" had a tremendous camp also. "Camp for this fight has been super hard. I was originally scheduled to fight at 170lbs and I began cutting from 205lbs. When I got to 183lbs I found out my opponent had topull from the fight. After that I went through a few guys who I might fight and I said ok to them all but for whatever reason they decided not to accept the fight. Then I was told Shedrick was willing to fight me so I said ok but the problem was he fights at 185 and I fight at 170. As true professionals we both decided we want to fight and decided to meet up at 180. It has been a long road but I'm glad fight week is finally here. I had a very strong camp with my boys at Vanguard gym, who always kick my butt n push me as hard as they can. I'm also blessed to cross train with Kaizen MMA, Freedom MMA, and several other pro fighters who have made time in their busy schedule to come to VA n kick my butt."

Unlike his opponent Goodridge, Ramos had a little bit more knowledge of his opponent when he agreed to this promising showdown. "Shedrick is a true professional I respect him and his team. With that being said I feel all my hard work will pay off. I'm comfortable anywhere and I know I can finish the fight from anywhere I want to take it. I'm ready to fight standing or on the ground. I'm confident on my skills so I'm not worried about anything I will finish it from anywhere," the very confident Ramos.

Ramos also took the time to explain what kind of fighter he is & why he puts his life on the line every time he steps in the cage. "I'm a down to earth fighter who is chasing a dream. I'm doing my best to bring home a win to my beautiful wife n kids. I'm a fighter but that is not all I'm about. I'm also a very proud father of two beautiful kids Joseph and Hailey also I'm married to my high school sweetheart, who is my backbone. I'm very blessed to have a beautiful family that loves me n supports me so I'm already a winner"

Both men, beaming with confidence, had two different version of how the night will finish but it doesn't matter which man is correct because both are surefire was to please the fans in attendance or watching LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv! Goodridge feels fans can expect, "Fireworks and a big finish coming from me. Last fight didn't perform how I should of and now I'm coming back with something to prove." While Ramos differs in opinion, "Fans should keep their eyes open because I'm coming to finish my opponent and I will do whatever it takes to do so. I have the skills, the drive, the knowledge, experience n the heart to bring home a win!

Don't let either of these men's record fool you. MMA fans are in for a treat any time either man steps in the cage so when they clash against each other fans can expect fireworks made of violence!

Nicholas Wiley taking on Randall Brown for the XFE 170lb Championship, made its way to the co-main event after the departure of Algeo-Pope, is a fight to look out for. With both men's amateur careers dwindling away, expect both men to go for broke so they can have have a full head steam when they embark in their journey of their pro career.

Also featured on this event is Zach Love squaring off with Andrew Bradley. "The moment this fight was signed it became an early nominee for "Fight of the Night" and that says a lot about these two fighters seeing how stacked this card is," noted XFE promoter David Feldman. Rounding up the card will be Justin Lesko Vs. Mouhamadou Sougoule, Charles Kowalchick Vs. Frederick Heim, Phuong Nguyen Vs. Israel Encarnacion, Roy Kofroth, Jr. Vs. Paul Turner, Michael Schlicker Vs. Bobby Malcolm, Jaymes Lewis Vs. John Beck. Also on the is Desmond Moore Vs. Damien Melendez, a fight in which Melendez looks for revenge the 2nd time around.

This is a can't miss event for any MMA fan!

Tickets are still on sale at the Harrahs Casino & Resort, with the low prices of $45, $65, & $100.

For those who can not attend this spectacular night of action LIVE, fear not, because XFE 31 will be broadcasting LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv! Order once and re live the action for LIFE only on GFL OnDemand.


EFC GLADIATORS!

SELLS OUT AGAIN

Looking back on another sold-out EFC event, last Saturday night (November 30), at the Parsippany PAL, co-promoter Hani Darwish wishes to congratulate and thank everyone involved with his blockbuster EFC GLADIATORS event.

"GLADIATORS" was a complete hit!" said Darwish. "Win, lose, or draw last night's event was an awesome experience and we would like to thank all the fighters for their non-stop action, Nick Lembo, and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Officials, all the fight camps (Ardon MMA, Extreme Fight Club, Gold Hawk Ares, Lionheart MMA, Lloyd Irvin MMA, Pellegrino MMA, Pure MMA, and Spartan Fitness), all the trainers, sponsors (Al Basha, Dr. Yousef Zibdie, Everlast, La Ziza, Masri & Associates, Nayef Sweets, Wize Guys Pizzeria), all my staff, and supporters, the Go Fight Live crew for the broadcast work, the great people at the Parsippany PAL, a special thanks to Mike Markham for his superb announcing, Mike Straka, Dante Rivera, and Andy Main for their awesome commentating and last but not least, all of our EFC FIGHT FANS for their continued support. It would not have been possible without any of you. Thank you all so much."

Darwish also sends a special congratulations to his newest EFC Champion, Robert Bodden, for his title-winning victory over Christopher Valarro and to his winner of Fight of the Night.

"A special congratulations to our new EFC Champion, Robert Bodden of Spartan Fitness. He becomes champion in an EFC division stacked with talent and we're very happy to have him. And my thanks also to Christopher Valarro for being such a great champion and for being so gracious in defeat. He will be back. Our Fight of the Night was Will Dodd vs. Gabriel Fonseca, which was a terrific war, eventually won by Dodd. It was a fantastic event from beginning to end and I'm so proud to have been part of it. We will see you at the next EFC event on March 8!"


Roberts V Strzelczyk!

Added To CWFC 62

There has been a very late addition to tomorrow's Cage Warriors 62 card. Danny Roberts (9-1) will face Mateusz Strzelczyk (6-3) on the Facebook prelims.

Although it had yet to be publicly announced, Danny was on the card from the beginning but was forced to endure two opponent pull-outs. Strzelczyk stepped in last night to take the bout, which will be contested at a catchweight of 178lbs. The bout between Dan Hope and Tommy Quinn has also been promoted to the main card.


Gaethje V Cavalcante!

January 18

"World Series of Fighting" (WSOF) returns to the Sunshine State as "World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs. Cavalcante," hits the ring January 18, 2014 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Tickets, which start at just $33, go on sale at Ticketmaster.com this Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. (EST).

In the night's headlining contest, undefeated contender Justin Gaethje (10-0) meets Brazilian veteran Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (18-7-1) for the right to be called "World Series of Fighting's" inaugural lightweight champion.

The co-feature sees light-heavyweight sluggers Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) and Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1) clash in a rescheduled matchup that seems sure to produce fireworks.

The night's four-fight main card airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. (EST)/6 p.m. (PST).

"This has been an incredible year for 'World Series of Fighting,' and we're excited to announce that our first event of 2014 will feature another championship fight," said Ray Sefo, World Series of Fighting president. "Justin and 'JZ' looked well on their way to putting on a fantastic fight in their first meeting before an early cut ended the fight. Justin wants to prove he was deserving of that win, while 'JZ' hopes to erase the frustration of the loss. The victor will prove his point and also walk away with our first-ever lightweight title."

The 25-year-old Gaethje is a member of Colorado's Grudge Training Center and has already earned WSOF wins over Dan Lauzon, Brian Cobb and Cavalcante. Fighting professionally since 2011, Gaethje is undefeated in his first 10 career fights, and nine of those have ended via stoppage, including eight by knockout.

"It feels like all of the hard work is paying-off by getting to showcase my skills on the headliner of one of the most respected new promotions in the MMA world," Gaethje shared. "That being said, I find it offensive that Gesias can find the courage to lock himself in a cage with me again. I'm pushing myself like never before, because come January 18th, I have one goal and that is to put Cavalcante to sleep."

Meanwhile, Blackzilian fighter Cavalcante is 2-1 in the decagon, sandwiching wins over Tyson Girffin and T.J. O'Brien around the March 2013 loss to Gaethje. A veteran of the sport since 2004, Cavalcante has also competed for Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1. Early in his career, Cavalcante scored two tournament wins while competing for K-1 Hero's, but the WSOF lightweight title would certainly mark the high point of the 30-year-old's professional career.

"World Series of Fighting 8" marks the promotion's first event of 2014. On Saturday, the company holds its final event of this year, traveling to Canada for the NBCSN-broadcast "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" event.

Tickets cost $33, $63, $103, $143 and $243, all seats are reserved and available to purchase at Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. *Additional fees may apply.


T.J. Hepburn!

Joins Friday's Stacked Card

With roots already planted in three separate states, former national championship wrestler T.J. Hepburn is looking to plant one more in the competitive world of mixed martial arts.

Hepburn, a New Jersey native who grew up in Connecticut and wrestled collegiately in Nebraska, will return to the cage for the first time in more than a year on Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013 at Twin River Casino when he faces Rhode Islander Tundee Odumoso (1-1) on the undercard of “CES MMA XX” presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports.

Whether MMA is a legitimate career move or just a passing fancy for Hepburn (1-0, 1 KO) remains to be seen, but the scrappy, 5-foot-7 lightweight hopes to have an answer by the end of 2014, making Friday’s fight against Odumoso an important barometer as he moves forward with his career.

“I have a wife and two kids,” Hepburn said, “so if it doesn’t work for me this year, it’s the end of the road.

“Because I was a national championship wrestler, people automatically assume my goal is to get to the [Ultimate Fighting Championships], but the most important thing for me is to make sure my children have clothes on their back.

“I’ll see where this takes me.”

The 24-year-old Hepburn already has a backup plan; he’s a manager at the Grappler’s Lair in Kearney, Neb., where he currently trains, plus he has a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and physically education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and plans on becoming a certified personal trainer in 2014.

A career in MMA may or may not be the right move, but, given Hepburn’s impressive wrestling background, it would’ve been a shame if he didn’t test the waters at some point. After moving to East Ledyard, Conn., in 2003, Hepburn became a four-time state finalist and three-time state champion at East Ledyard High, finishing with a near-perfect record of 200-4.

At UNK, he exceled in the 157-pound weight class, earning NCAA Division II All-American honors three times before ending his career as the D-II national champion in 2012. The decision to step into the cage later that year wasn’t exactly spur of the moment; Hepburn fought two amateur MMA bouts in 2007 and 2008 as an 18-year-old up-and-comer and one more in March of 2012 before making his professional debut three months later.

Ironically, the highly-decorated wrestler won that fight by first-round knockout, using a flurry of punches to stop Jeremy Mier with one second remaining.

“People have the wrong perspective about wrestlers not being able to throw hands,” Hepburn said. “Wrestling is such a hard sport to learn. If anything, we pick things up a lot faster than most fighters.”

Since his debut more than a year ago, fights have been hard to come by for Hepburn. On three separate occasions, a potential fight fell through when the opponent pulled out at the last minute. Then a promoter asked him to drop to 145 pounds, which Hepburn – who walks around at 170 – refused to do. As the disappointments added up, Hepburn began questioning his future in MMA.

“Starting your training camp, cutting weight and preparing for a fight is a big sacrifice,” he said. “To do that three times with a wife and two kids and not have a fight in the end is tough.”

Even Friday’s fight almost fell through a few weeks ago, but CES matchmaker Pat Sullivan promised Hepburn he’d make sure he’d have an opponent, so Hepburn stayed up north with family and friends until he got the phone call.

In addition to the uncertainty surrounding his next fight, Hepburn also dealt with the death of his 33-year-old sister, who passed away recently following a 29-year, on-and-off battle with cancer.

“She was a fighter, that’s for sure,” Hepburn said. “Losing her was tough to handle, but the show must go on.”

What happens beyond Friday is anyone’s guess. Hepburn would prefer to fight in New England “two or three times a year,” but admits he still considers MMA a “hobby” until he figures out whether or not it can evolve into a legitimate career.

“I train, I work hard, and I have two kids,” he said, “so I definitely need to make money.”

Tickets for “CES MMA XX” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or at Players Club at Twin River.

Headlining the event, Boston, Mass., native Rob Font (7-1, 2 KOs), the reigning CES MMA featherweight champion, will put his record on the line in the main event against Canadian challenger Matt DiMarcantonio (4-3), while Providence, R.I., veteran Luis Felix (9-7, 3 KOs) and Boston’s Lucas Cruz (6-1, 2 KOs) will battle for lightweight supremacy in the highly-anticipated co-feature.

Also on the undercard, Woonsocket, R.I., featherweight Andre Soukhamthath (6-1, 3 KOs) will aim for his fourth win of the year and seventh consecutive overall, the latter which would make him the winningest fighter in CES MMA history, breaking a tie with the aforementioned Chattelle. Soukhamthath will face 5-foot-7 challenger Corey Simmons (5-5) of Defiance, Ohio.

In another battle between two of the region’s top fighters in the welterweight division, fifth-ranked Brett Oteri (11-5, 1 KO) of Dedham, Mass., will face Dennis Olson (13-7, 1 KO) of Amherst, N.H., formerly ranked No. 1 in the 185-pound weight class. Olson last fought at Twin River in April when he submitted Todd Chattelle in the opening round of their main-event rematch.

Not to be outdone, Providence light heavyweight Greg Rebello (15-5, 8 KOs) will end his short-lived retirement and return to the cage Friday following a loss in his last bout in June. Once considered the top fighter in his weight class in New England, Rebello won 11 consecutive fights between 2006 and 2010 before a tough loss to Dan Cramer at the Bellator Fighting Championships. After losing a split decision to Lewis Rumsey in June – his third loss in six fights – Rebello announced his retirement, but has decided to resume his career Friday in CES MMA’s 20th celebration show.

The undercard of “CES MMA XX” will also feature the return of fan-favorite Charles Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs), a rising star in the lightweight division who wrestled collegiately at Providence’s Johnson & Wales University before returning home to Boynton Beach, Fla., but still maintains a strong fan base in Rhode Island. Rosa made his CES debut in October with an impressive submission win over Steve McCabe and will now face the dangerous Ralph Johnson (6-8, 6 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., who is coming off an impressive, first-round knockout win over Jason Ward in November, making that six first-round knockout wins for the 6-foot-5 slugger in his career.

Looking to keep his perfect record intact, East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate Andrews (5-0, 2 KOs) will step up face seasoned Miamisburg, Ohio, veteran Tyler Combs (13-11, 8 KOs), while another unbeaten prospect, Providence welterweight Eric Spicely (2-0) will return for his third and final fight of 2013 when he faces Connecticut native Tyler Rose (1-0) in a three-round bout. Providence featherweight Tom Evans (2-2, 1 KO) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces Ruso Khubejashvili (3-2) of Massachusetts. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “CES MMA XX,” live professional mixed martial arts scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

ROB FONT 144 V MATT DIMARCANTONIO 144

ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH 140 V COREY SIMMONS 140 ½

LUIS FELIX 155 ½ V LUCAS CRUZ 154 ½

CHARLES ROSA 169 V RALPH JOHNSON 171

DENNIS OLSON 175 V BRETT OTERI 175

GREG REBELLO 223 V JOHN DOYLE 238

NATE ANDREWS 158 ½ V FRANKLIN ISABEL 156

THOMAS EVANS 144 V RUSO KHUBEJASHVILI 144

TUNDEE ODUMUSO 172 V TJ HEPBURN 165

ERIC SPICELY 170 V TYLER ROSE 169


Rob Font!

Continues Improbable Run

Rob Font felt like he had just stepped into enemy territory when he entered the cage for his highly-anticipated amateur showdown two years ago against Andre Soukhamthath in Massachusetts.

"I swear Andre brought the entire world to the arena that night," Font said with a laugh.

The transplanted Tampa native fighting out of his new home in Boston made a great first impression that night, beating Soukhamthath, the fan favorite, by unanimous decision in a fight few thought Font had a chance to win.

"To be honest," Font said, "they brought me in to lose."

Fair or unfair, Font has grown accustomed to the underdog role in his brief, yet successful, career. The 5-foot-8 featherweight, now the reigning champion of Classic Entertainment & Sports' wildly-successful MMA division, has played the part flawlessly since the day he began training at Sityodtong Boston four years ago in Somerville, Mass., a young, unknown scrapper with nothing more than a kickboxing fight on his resume.

A lot has changed since that fateful night in 2011 when he upset Soukhamthath in front of a largely pro-Soukhamthath crowd. As he prepares for his main-event showdown Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., Font (7-1, 2 KOs) -- with six consecutive wins and counting -- figures to have a few more fans on his side as he continues his climb to the top of the featherweight division, and, perhaps more importantly, continues to become a well-deserved household name in the northeast.

"I'm not from here, so people still don't really know me," said Font, who grew up in Tampa and moved to Boston in 2009, "and, honestly, if you're not from here, no one really cares about you.

"I've been the underdog my whole life. When I fought Andre, no one gave me a chance to win that fight. There was no way I could win that fight. Everyone was saying, 'Who's this guy coming in? He's going to get killed!' I've always had to prove myself. It's motivating, but I really don't need to be the hometown favorite. I'm just trying to get better with each fight. I'm never satisfied."

Font will face Canadian Matt DiMarcantonio (4-3) in Friday's main event as he aims for his seventh consecutive victory at "CES MMA XX," the 20th show in the promotion's three-year history. Font's last three wins came against three of the top featherweights in the northeast -- Saul Almeida, Lucas Cruz and Chris Foster, each of whom he "wasn't supposed to beat," according to Font -- no doubt raising a few eyebrows throughout local gyms. His ultimate goal is to clean up the region and become the undisputed top dog among featherweights, but he's running out of opponents.

There are a few names on his radar -- Calvin Kattar and Matt Bessette, among others -- but it's all in the spirit of competition; the truth is Font will fight anywhere, anywhere, regardless of whether he's the favorite or the underdog. Why change now?

"For me to prove I'm one of the best, I have to go up against the best," Font said. "[CES matchmaker] Pat Sullivan does a great job. He'll always find me fights. Obviously, it doesn't matter who it is. I'm coming to fight regardless."

Font's on such a rapid climb he hasn't had time to step back and take it all in, nor does he want to. After destroying Foster in August via first-round knockout to capture the vacant CES title, Font took little solace in the victory, instead choosing to focus on what he needed to improve upon the next time around.

"I felt I made basic mistakes, something simple like not flipping the jab and getting caught with his right hand," he said. "There's a lot more work to be done. I want 10 wins in a row. I want more finishes. I want another knockout. Six wins in a row against tough competition, I'm happy about that, but I'm definitely not satisfied. I always want more."

The underdog mentality is what motivates Font to continue doing what others say he can't do. Four years ago, he joined Sityodtong Boston without a single amateur fight on his record. Within two years, trainer Mark Dellagrotte began using him as a sparring partner for some of the school's pros, including Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Rick Hawn and regional standout Tateki Matsuda. Font held his own, but still felt he could do more.

"I thought to myself, 'Give me five or six months and I'll be even better,'" he said.

By then, Font was ready to test the waters in the competitive New England amateur circuit, where he not only beat Soukhamthath, but also upended Rhode Island's Joe Pingitore. His timing was perfect; Font waited nearly two years for the opportunity to throw hands, and, suffice to say, it was worth the wait.

"At Sityodtong, they don't rush guys," Font said. "They make sure you're ready before you jump in there. It took some time, but I was ready once I got in there. I took me a year and a half before they even let me start training with the pros."

Asked what he'd be doing now if he weren't fighting, Font admits he would've probably gone back to school to pursue a degree. Instead, he's teaching the entire northeast an important lesson, answering the question everyone's been asking for years. Who is Rob Font? Watch and learn. You might see the next big thing in mixed martial arts.

"I'm taking tough fights for a reason," he said. "I want to get to the next level. I don't want to pad my record and then get to that next level and be like, 'Oh no! I'm not that good!' I'll find out soon enough whether I'm ready or not."

Tickets for "CES MMA XX" are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or at Players Club at Twin River.

Also at "CES MMA XX," Providence, R.I., veteran Luis Felix (9-7, 3 KOs) and Boston's Lucas Cruz (6-1, 2 KOs) will battle for lightweight supremacy in the highly-anticipated co-feature. The Cruz-Felix bout -- a CES title eliminator in the 155-pound division vacated by Mike Campbell -- could steal the show, one of several fights worthy of main-event status on this stacked card. Felix typically saves his best for his most important fights, as evident by his wins over former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Marc Stevens and Joe Proctor, while Cruz, despite his recent loss to Font, owns impressive wins over John Ortolani and Pete Jeffrey at 155.

In another highly-anticipated between two of the region's top fighters in the welterweight division, fifth-ranked Brett Oteri (11-5, 1 KO) of Dedham, Mass., will face Dennis Olson (13-7, 1 KO) of Amherst, N.H., formerly ranked No. 1 in the 185-pound weight class. Olson last fought at Twin River in April when he submitted Todd Chattelle in the opening round of their main-event rematch.

Also on the undercard, Soukhamthath (6-1, 3 KOs) will aim for his fourth win of the year and seventh consecutive overall, the latter which would make him the winningest fighter in CES MMA history, breaking a tie with the aforementioned Chattelle. The Woonsocket, R.I., featherweight will face 5-foot-7 challenger Corey Simmons (5-5) of Defiance, Ohio.

Not to be outdone, Providence light heavyweight Greg Rebello (15-5, 8 KOs) will end his short-lived retirement and return to the cage Friday following a loss in his last bout in June. Once considered the top fighter in his weight class in New England, Rebello won 11 consecutive fights between 2006 and 2010 before a tough loss to Dan Cramer at the Bellator Fighting Championships. After losing a split decision to Lewis Rumsey in June -- his third loss in six fights -- Rebello announced his retirement, but has decided to resume his career Friday in CES MMA's 20th celebration show.

The undercard of "CES MMA XX" will also feature the return of fan-favorite Charles Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs), a rising star in the lightweight division who wrestled collegiately at Providence's Johnson & Wales University before returning home to Boynton Beach, Fla., but still maintains a strong fan base in Rhode Island. Rosa made his CES debut in October with an impressive submission win over Steve McCabe and will now face the dangerous Ralph Johnson (6-8, 6 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., who is coming off an impressive, first-round knockout win over Jason Ward in November, making that six first-round knockout wins for the 6-foot-5 slugger in his career.

Looking to keep his perfect record intact, East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate Andrews (5-0, 2 KOs) will step up face seasoned Miamisburg, Ohio, veteran Tyler Combs (13-11, 8 KOs), while another unbeaten prospect, Providence welterweight Eric Spicely (2-0), will return for his third and final fight of 2013 when he faces Connecticut native Tyler Rose (1-0) in a three-round bout. Providence featherweight Tom Evans (2-2, 1 KO) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces Ruso Khubejashvili (3-2) of Massachusetts and welterweight Keenan Raymond (1-0) of Providence will face Addison O'Neal. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Holm V Hayes!

December 6

Fresquez Productions in association with Wink’s Gym is happy to announce their upcoming MMA event, “Havoc”, which will include Holly Holm returning to her hometown in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to take on Angela Hayes 6-6, on the December 6 fight card.

Many deem Holly Holm the best pound for pound female fighter in the world. She is 5-0 in her MMA career; each of her wins coming by devastating knockouts or TKO’s. Holm’s first fight as a full time MMA fighter came in July against Allanna Jones that ended in a knockout that has become a highlight reel shown around the world.

Holly just came off a dominant win on her last fight, winning by second round TKO after annihilating her opponent’s ribs and body with kicks. Due to her devastating combat skills, Holm has a difficult time finding opponents, however, Angela Hayes who has never been known to back away from a challenge will be meeting her in the cage. Hayes has been in the ring with top bantamweights such as Tonya Evinger, Julie Kedzie, and Aisling Daly. Five of Hayes’ six wins are by submission.

We look forward to an exciting night of fights and Holly is excited for the opportunity to fight in front of her hometown, once again.


Invicta FC 7 PPV!

WEIGH-IN LIVE STREAM

Invicta Fighting Championships will offer a live stream of Friday’s weigh-in for THIS Saturday’s Invicta FC 7 – a nine-fight, three world championship PPV event beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Friday’s weigh-in from the Roadhouse at Ameristar Casino begins at 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) and will be streamed live on http://invictafc.com/ and Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook Page.

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook page.

In Saturday’s main event, Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) champion Barb Honchak (8-2) will defend her title against three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1). In the co-feature, Invicta FC strawweight (115 pounds) champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) will defend her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0). In a third world title fight, the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship title will be on the line, featuring knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) against unbeaten rising star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC).

Invicta is also offering a FREE one-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, available via all aforementioned PPV carriers and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch the free bouts, featuring Sarah D' Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6) at bantamweight and Munah Holland (5-2) vs. Nina Arsanoff (5-4) at flyweight, via www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook.


Invicta FC 7 PPV!

Road To Honchak V Smith

"Road To Honchak vs. Smith"introduces viewers like never before to Invicta Flyweight Champion Barb Honchak and No. 1 contender and challenger Leslie Smith as they train for their upcoming clash on Saturday, December 7, at Invicta Fight Championships 7, live on PPV. Filmmakers Esther Lin and E. Casey Leydon travelled to Bettendorf, Iowa and Northern California to chronicle the training and motivation of two best women's flyweights in the world leading up to their championship clash. Check the 25 minute documentary to preview one of the three world championship events offered on Saturday's PPV event (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Invicta Fight Championships 7is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via I N Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship's Facebook page.

Invicta is also offering a FREE one-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, available viaall aforementioned PPV carriersand The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch the free bouts, featuring Sarah D' Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6) at bantamweight and Munah Holland (5-2) vs. Nina Arsanoff (5-4) at flyweight, via www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship's Facebook.

In Saturday's main event, Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) champion Barb Honchak (8-2) will defend her title against three-time "Fight of the Night" winner Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (6-3-1). In the co-feature, Invicta FC strawweight (115 pounds) champion Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (9-2) will defend her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0). In a third world title fight, the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship title will be on the line, featuring knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) against unbeaten rising star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC).


Andre Soukhamthath!

Hopes To Silence Critics Friday

Long before he made his professional debut in mixed martial arts, Andre Soukhamthath was already a polarizing figure on the local circuit.

At first, critics said he didn't have the ground game necessary to succeed in such a competitive region. Now that he's 6-1 with six consecutive wins on his resume -- some of them against top-flight wrestlers or jiu-jitsu black belts -- now the knock on Soukhamthath is he's taking the "easy route" to the top.

What will it take for the Woonsocket, R.I., featherweight to silence the critics?

"I don't care what they say," said Soukhamthath, who is looking to close out the year with another win Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports' 20th mixed martial arts show at Twin River Casino.

"I'm doing what I need to do and taking what comes my way. This is how I feed my family."

With an opportunity to become the winningest fighter in CES MMA history with his seventh win, snapping a tie with fellow Rhode Islander Todd Chattelle, Soukhamthath (6-1, 3 KOs) will face veteran Corey Simmons (5-5, 1 KO) of Defiance, Ohio, in a three-round bout Friday night, a fight he agreed to on just three week's notice.

"Breaking that record would mean a lot," Soukhamthath said. "It's not something I set out to do from the start, but considering some of the great fighters who've fought for CES through the years, yeah, it'd be a pretty cool accomplishment.

"This fight is a good test for me," he continued. "[Simmons] is a scrapper. He's always in good shape and he comes forward a lot. I'm not worried about his takedowns. All of these guys I fight want to take me down and just lay on me, and if they can't do it they just end up running. I don't think [Simmons] will do either. He'll try to stand and bang with me. That's what I need. That's what I want."

As Soukhamthath pointed out, most of his opponents have brought a similar approach to the cage on fight night, which is to try to bring Soukhamthath to the canvas and expose his alleged weakness on the ground. Few have succeeded, including Blair Tugman, a former collegiate wrestler who recently opened his own wrestling academy and referred to Soukhamthath as a "big fish in a small pond" prior to their fight in June. Soukhamthath stood his ground -- literally -- and snuffed out each of Tugman's takedown attempts in a lopsided win.

"He couldn't take me down once," Soukhamthath said. "It shows what good footwork and natural ability can do.

"I think people just underestimate my ground skills and my jiu-jitsu, but I've been doing this for eight years, so they shouldn't do that. I don't really have to prove it to anyone. The only way to do that is through my fights. When people take me down, I get right back up. When black belts take my back, they can't submit me. It'll eventually get to the point where people say, 'Hey, his ground game is a problem, too.'"

Never one to be satisfied with what he's already accomplished at the professional level, Soukhamthath is always looking for a way to make himself a better fighter, which is why he and his family (girlfriend Jaime and son Benson) are relocating this weekend to Boca Raton, Fla., where Soukhamthath will begin training with the Blackzilians, a well-known combat sports team in Palm Beach County famous for helping guide the careers of several prominent fighters, including Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Vitor Belfort, Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans, and world champion bantamweight boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Soukhamthath linked up with one of the Blackzilians' head trainers, Henri Hooft, through mutual friend and fellow fighter Sean Soriano, who sent Hooft video of Soukhamthath's workout routine.

"They were pretty impressed and wanted to work with me," Soukhamthath said. "They invited me down, saw me train, saw my work ethic, saw my toughness, and wanted me to come back.

"Not everyone gets this chance. It's a huge opportunity. I want to get a different outlook on training. I've been training in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for a while now. Nothing against them, because they've carried me my whole career, but it's hard for me to get guys my size in the gym. Working with the Blackzilians is is a big opportunity for me, and I'm going to run with it."

Regardless of where he trains, Soukhamthath will continue to fight in the northeast under the guidance of CES MMA, so even though Friday won't be the last time local fans see him in action, the Soukhamthath they see in 2014 might be a new-and-improved version -- perhaps one who can finally silence the critics.

"I've heard it all," Soukhamthath said. "When I began fighting, I took a lot of tough fights, but I didn't take stupid fights. I'm not going to jump in there with a guy who's 10-0, but when I was 2-1, 3-1, whatever, I took on guys with as many fights as I had. That's how I built myself. I hear guys saying I've taken the 'easy route,' but I never hear anyone locally trying to take my spot.

"I'm just doing my thing ... trying to keep the ball rolling. I'm not even paying attention to that. I know I work hard. CES has always taken care of me, and my fans still want to see me fight, so I'm just going to keep training hard down in Florida, and come back up here and keep on winning."

Ticket for "CES MMA XX" are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or at Players Club at Twin River.

Headlining this historic event, Boston, Mass., native Rob Font (7-1, 2 KOs), the reigning CES MMA featherweight champion, will put his record on the line in the main event against Canadian challenger Matt DiMarcantonio (4-3), while Providence, R.I., veteran Luis Felix (9-7, 3 KOs) and Boston's Lucas Cruz (6-1, 2 KOs) will battle for lightweight supremacy in the highly-anticipated co-feature.

Font is riding a six-fight win streak -- three of those wins under the guidance of CES -- with four of those fights coming against the top featherweights in the region, including Saul Almeida, Chris Foster and Cruz.

The Cruz-Felix bout -- a CES title eliminator in the 155-pound division vacated by Mike Campbell -- could steal the show, one of several fights worthy of main-event status on this stacked card. Felix typically saves his best for his most important fights, as evident by his wins over former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Marc Stevens and Joe Proctor, while Cruz, despite his recent loss to Font, owns impressive wins over John Ortolani and Pete Jeffrey at 155.

In another highly-anticipated between two of the region's top fighters in the welterweight division, fifth-ranked Brett Oteri (11-5, 1 KO) of Dedham, Mass., will face Dennis Olson (13-7, 1 KO) of Amherst, N.H., formerly ranked No. 1 in the 185-pound weight class. Olson last fought at Twin River in April when he submitted Todd Chattelle in the opening round of their main-event rematch.

Not to be outdone, Providence light heavyweight Greg Rebello (15-5, 8 KOs) will end his short-lived retirement and return to the cage Friday following a loss in his last bout in June. Once considered the top fighter in his weight class in New England, Rebello won 11 consecutive fights between 2006 and 2010 before a tough loss to Dan Cramer at the Bellator Fighting Championships. After losing a split decision to Lewis Rumsey in June -- his third loss in six fights -- Rebello announced his retirement, but has decided to resume his career Friday in CES MMA's 20th celebration show.

The undercard of "CES MMA XX" will also feature the return of fan-favorite Charles Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs), a rising star in the lightweight division who wrestled collegiately at Providence's Johnson & Wales University before returning home to Boynton Beach, Fla., but still maintains a strong fan base in Rhode Island. Rosa made his CES debut in October with an impressive submission win over Steve McCabe and will now face the dangerous Ralph Johnson (6-8, 6 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., who is coming off an impressive, first-round knockout win over Jason Ward in November, making that six first-round knockout wins for the 6-foot-5 slugger in his career.

Looking to keep his perfect record intact, East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate Andrews (5-0, 2 KOs) will step up face seasoned Miamisburg, Ohio, veteran Tyler Combs (13-11, 8 KOs), while another unbeaten prospect, Providence welterweight Eric Spicely (2-0) will return for his third and final fight of 2013 when he faces Connecticut native Tyler Rose (1-0) in a three-round bout. Providence featherweight Tom Evans (2-2, 1 KO) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces Ruso Khubejashvili (3-2) of Massachusetts and welterweight Keenan Raymond (1-0) of Providence will face Addison O'Neal. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


World Series Of Fighting!

Conference Call Highlights

World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call on Tuesday with "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" headliners Georgi Karakhanyan (22-3-1) and Lance Palmer (7-0), as well as main-card competitors Elvis Mutapcic (13-2), Jesse Taylor (26-9), Nick Newell (10-0) and Sabah Fadai (7-2). Joining the fighters on the call was WSOF President Ray Sefo.

World Series of Fighting 7 will take place this Saturday on Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Karakhanyan and Palmer headline the NBCSN-televised card, competing for the inaugural World Series of Fighting featherweight title. The live telecast starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on World Series of Fighting's official website, www.wsof.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

The following are highlights from the conference call:

RAY SEFO:

"These are exciting times for World Series of Fighting. We are looking to be in every household around the world by the end of 2015. I'm really looking forward to this show and it's a stacked card. Guys like Jesse Taylor and Nick Newell and Elvis Mutapcic are the future stars of this sport. I think it's a pretty exciting time for all these guys."

What can we expect internationally in 2014? Can we expect more fights in Canada?

"Yes, absolutely. We just signed a deal with Australia and New Zealand, they are going to do like six shows. Canada will be about the same thing. Of course they won't all be on the mother ship, meaning they won't all be on NBC. I believe those that aren't would be streamed live."

GEORGI KARAKHANYAN:

"I know Lance (Palmer) comes from a good wrestling background and trains with a good team. But at the end of the day it's an MMA fight and so once that door's locks it doesn't matter. It's not a wrestling match. I'm looking to go out there and finish. I like to fight, and I don't mind getting punched in the face. And I don't mind punching him back. I'm just looking to go out there and put on an exciting fight for the Canadian fans. And I'm going for a finish.

"I think I've just learned how to win fights and how to break my opponents. I used to look to go into a fight and finish right away and if I didn't then I would get discouraged. But I've learned from it. I'm in the gym every day unless I'm over-trained or sick. I'm always trying to learn and work on my weaknesses. I'm just learning how to perform under the bright lights once that door locks and all the people are watching."

LANCE PALMER:

"It's been a pretty crazy past month and everything's happened pretty quick with the signing last month with the World Series of Fighting also with the world title fight. For me I was in between contracts with another promotion and I had a good couple of calls with the WSOF guys. And things just progressed from there and next thing you know Rick Glenn had to pull out of his fight and they gave me the opportunity for me to step in there on four weeks' notice. So it's been exciting and a fun process so far leading up to this point."

ELVIS MUTAPCIC:

Did you experience any negative feedback based on the controversy following your WSOF 5 fight cancellation vs. Jesse Taylor:

"I got 99 percent positive feedback. There were some people that were questioning if I took something and there's always going to be that. Like I said I was really upset that it happened. We get a chance to make a living doing what we love and that night it gotten taken away. If it wasn't for the World Series being such a great company, me and Jesse would have been out a paycheck. So I just want to thank World Series for that. So I'm just happy that I get to go in there and take care of what we should have finished three months ago.

"I'm really familiar with Jesse. He's a very good wrestler and very well-rounded. I think he's the best fighter that I've faced out there, which I truly think he is. I expect him to be very aggressive and to come forward and I expect a dog fight to the finish."

JESSE TAYLOR:

"I just want to get in there and I want to fight. I know it's going to be a good one and I want to have some fun. I'm ready. Me and Elvis are going to put on a great show in Canada. Thank you, Ray Sefo, for everything you've done. I'm hungry and I'm ready."

NICK NEWELL:

On fighting in Fadai's hometown of Vancouver:

"That doesn't matter to me. It doesn't matter where we fight. It's another fight and another opponent. It sounds like (Fadai) has got the right mindset. Whatever. It's just another fight and I'm going to go out there and give my best and put on an entertaining fight.

"I'm more worried about Fadai right now and the threat he poses to me. I'm really just concentrated on this fight right now more than anything else. When it comes to the title you have to beat everybody if you think you're the best. In due time I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get there and fight whoever I have to fight. There are no easy fights in the World Series of Fighting.

"I feel like I'm being looked at more for my skill now than for having one hand. People are always going to say, 'Look at that guy, I can't believe it.' It's a part of who I am. If I go to the movies someone will say, 'Look at the guy with one hand going to the movies.' It's always going to be like that. There will be people who have negative things to say but I grew up with it and have a pretty thick skin. I'm a fighter at the end of the day and a pretty good one and that's why I'm in the World Series of Fighting: because of what I've accomplished and not because of the way I was born."

SABAH FADAI:

"It's going to be great to fight in my backyard of Vancouver in front of all my fans.

"I'm often asked, 'How do you prepare for a guy with one arm?' You really don't. You can't bring in somebody and tie off their arm. It just doesn't work that way. I think Nick (Newell) is a tough guy. I'm not going to take anything away from him. I think he uses one arm as an advantage. Like I've said before, I'm going to go out there to hurt him. It's our job to fight and that's what I'm going to do. Especially coming into my town, it's just not going to happen."


Murphy V Nakamoto!

Invicta FC Title Fight Saturday

Undefeated knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) and unbeaten rising star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC) will battle this Saturday night (Dec. 7) for the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) title, in one of three world championship fights featured on Invicta Fighting Championships 7, airing live on pay-per-view from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

The loaded, eight-bout event is headlined by Inficta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) defending her belt against three-time "Fight of the Night" winner Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (6-3-1).

Invicta FC strawweight (115 lbs.) champion Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (9-2) defends her crown against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0) in the other world title fight.

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET - 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship's facebook.

Invicta is also offering aFREE one-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, available via all aforementioned PPV carriers and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch the free bouts, featuring Sarah D' Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6) at bantamweight and Munah Holland (5-2) vs. Nina Arsanoff (5-4) at flyweight, via www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship's Facebook page.

Murphy has been perfect in the Invicta FC cage, earning back-to-back unanimous decision victories over Kaitlin Young and D'Alelio on April 5 and July 13, respectively. Prior to her Invicta FC debut, the 30-year-old had scored TKO finishes in all five of her fights.

"I think this will be a bad ass fight," said Murphy, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. "We are two of the best female 135-pounders in the world. She's tough, I'm tough, and we're both ready to beat the crap out of each other. It's going to be a great fight! I'm hoping for a down-and-dirty war. Those are the fights I love the most.

"Being a pay-per-view event really speaks to the caliber of fighters Invicta has. If Invicta is willing to broadcast its fights for the world to see, then Invicta is obviously confident that it has the best fighters in the world. Fighters are worked even harder in training camp so they can put on the very best show they can, knowing it is going to be visible to everyone. Better camps mean better fighters, better fighters mean better fights. It makes a big difference in sponsorships, too. More fighters get better sponsors because the sponsors' names are going to be out there for the world to see."

Veteran Muay Thai champion Nakamoto, fighting out of Dublin, California, extended her perfect record at Invicta FC 6, scoring a first round (2:08) TKO on Duda Yankovich off a knee strike and series of punches, earning her "KO of the Night" honors.

"She's (Nakamoto) undefeated and, since she is an eight-time Muay Thai world champion, she obviously has strong stand-up skills," Murphy continued."As far as her ground game, I suppose, that remains to be seen. We're all going to find out what type of fighter she is on December 7th.

"I predict this will be the Fight of the Night, one that people are going to be talking about for a long time. I think fans and spectators without a doubt are going to be the real winners. At the end of the fight, I hope to have that belt around my waist, while my hand is raised. I've worked hard and made improvements where I needed to. I believe in me, my coaches believe in me, and I am going to get in there and fight my heart out. I love to fight and I am excited to get in there and put on a great show for the fans."

Fighting on the PPV undercard is Felice "Lil' Bulldog" Herrig (9-4) in her highly-anticipated Invicta FC debut versus against strawweight Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (3-0), Scotland's Joanne Calderwood (7-0) and Finland's Katja "Killer Bunny" Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) meet in a battle of unbeaten strawweights, and Canadian featherweights (145 lbs.) Julia "The Jewel" Budd (5-2) and Charmaine "Not So Sweet" Tweet (4-3) square-off.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Cage Warriors 62!

Newcastle

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s busy December schedule kicks off this Saturday, December 7, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Neil Seery will defend his CWFC flyweight title for the first time when he takes on Ulysses Gomez in the main event at Cage Warriors 62, which fans all over the world - including the UK - can stream live and free of charge.

The main-card action begins at 9pm local time (4pm ET/1pm PT), following the Facebook prelims, which will also be free to stream live from 7pm local time (2pm ET/11am PT).

Tickets, priced from £35 (plus booking fee). Venue doors will open at 4.30pm, with the first bout scheduled for 5.45pm (subject to change).


Font V DiMarcantonio!

Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013

As it prepares to celebrate its 20th show since the inception of mixed martial arts in Rhode Island, it's no coincidence Classic Entertainment & Sports has put together an event fit for a king, or, in this case, the undisputed king of New England combat sports.

On Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013, Twin River Casino will host "CES MMA XX," not only a celebration of the region's No. 1 mixed martial arts promotion, but also a star-studded event guaranteed to close the 2013 Twin River Fight Series with a bang.

"This might just be our best show yet," CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said, "and it's a perfect way to end what has been another spectacular year."

Ticket for "CES MMA XX" are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or at Players Club at Twin River.

Headlining this historic event, Boston, Mass., native Rob Font (7-1, 2 KOs), the reigning CES MMA featherweight champion, will put his title on the line in the main event against Canadian challenger Matt DiMarcantonio (4-3), while Providence, R.I., veteran Luis Felix (9-7, 3 KOs) and Boston's Lucas Cruz (6-1, 2 KOs) will battle for lightweight supremacy in the highly-anticipate co-feature.

Font is riding a six-fight win streak -- three of those wins under the guidance of CES -- with four of those fights coming against the top featherweights in the region, including Saul Almeida, Chris Foster and Cruz.

The Cruz-Felix bout -- a CES title eliminator in the 155-pound division vacated by Mike Campbell -- could steal the show, one of several fights worthy of main-event status on this stacked card. Felix typically saves his best for his most important fights, as evident by his wins over former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Marc Stevens and Joe Proctor, while Cruz, despite his recent loss to Font, owns impressive wins over John Ortolani and Pete Jeffrey at 155.

In another highly-anticipated between two of the region's top fighters in the welterweight division, fifth-ranked Brett Oteri (11-5, 1 KO) of Dedham, Mass., will face Dennis Olson (13-7, 1 KO) of Amherst, N.H., formerly ranked No. 1 in the 185-pound weight class. Olson last fought at Twin River in April when he submitted Todd Chattelle in the opening round of their main-event rematch.

Also on the undercard, Woonsocket, R.I., featherweight Andre Soukhamthath (6-1, 3 KOs) will aim for his fourth win of the year and seventh consecutive overall, the latter which would make him the winningest fighter in CES MMA history, breaking a tie with the aforementioned Chattelle. Soukhamthath will face 5-foot-7 challenger Corey Simmons (4-5) of Defiance, Ohio.

Not to be outdone, Providence light heavyweight Greg Rebello (15-5, 8 KOs) will end his short-lived retirement and return to the cage Friday following a loss in his last bout in June. Once considered the top fighter in his weight class in New England, Rebello won 11 consecutive fights between 2006 and 2010 before a tough loss to Dan Cramer at the Bellator Fighting Championships. After losing a split decision to Lewis Rumsey in June -- his third loss in six fights -- Rebello announced his retirement, but has decided to resume his career Friday in CES MMA's 20th celebration show.

The undercard of "CES MMA XX" will also feature the return of fan-favorite Charles Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs), a rising star in the lightweight division who wrestled collegiately at Providence's Johnson & Wales University before returning home to Boynton Beach, Fla., but still maintains a strong fan base in Rhode Island. Rosa made his CES debut in October with an impressive submission win over Steve McCabe and will now face the dangerous Ralph Johnson (5-8, 5 KOs) of Worcester, Mass.

Looking to keep his perfect record intact, East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate Andrews (5-0, 2 KOs) will step up face seasoned Miamisburg, Ohio, veteran Tyler Combs (13-11, 8 KOs), while another unbeaten prospect, Providence welterweight Eric Spicely (2-0), will return for his third and final fight of 2013 when he faces Connecticut native Tyler Rose (1-0) in a three-round bout. Providence featherweight Tom Evans (2-2, 1 KO) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces Ruso Khubejashvili (3-2) of Massachusetts and welterweight Keenan Raymond (1-0) of Providence will face Addison O'Neal. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Rinaldi V Rogers!

Friday Night LIVE WORLDWIDE On GFL.tv

USFFC returns to GFL.tv on GFL.tv on December 6 with "US Freedom Fighter Championship 15". USFFC has made a mark for itself in the Southeast and "USFFC 15" will surely tear down the house in the first MMA event ever in Gastonia, North Carolina. These pro/am fighters are looking to make a name for themselves on a global basis and that's just what they will do as they go to battle inside the cage.

In the main event, TUF vet and Charlotte native Jordan Rinaldi (6-2) faces a very experienced XFC and Bellator veteran from South Carolina in Ronnie "Bam Bam" Rogers (17-12). Rinaldi is an expert grappler and has 4 of his wins via submission. Rinaldi is looking to get back in the win column and will have extra motivation as he will be fighting in front of tons of home state fans. Look for him to come out very aggressive bringing the fight to Rogers. Rogers will bring a sizeable experience advantage into the ring and has shown in the past that he will fight anyone no matter who they are. Rogers is well-rounded in every facet of the game and is dangerous in both the standup and ground. Rogers won 5 of his last 6 fights and looks to add to that momentum on December 16.

The co-main event, features former USFFC Amateur Lightweight Champion, Eric "The Show" Calderon (1-1), facing a slick veteran in Sylvain "The Thrill" Bynum (5-5) in a lightweight scrap. Calderon won his last fight after a hard fought battle where he got the nod in the decision. Things won't get any easier as he faces Bynum. Bynum is an experienced veteran who is looking to push his record above .500 with an impressive win. Bynum is a brawler who likes to mix it up in the standup but also has solid submission skills from his back. This looks to be a shootout.

Also on the card, Michael "Murder Time" Torres, plans to vacate his 135 lb Bantamweight title to make his professional MMA Debut. Shane Tyner (4-6) will provide the opposition for Torres and looks to give him a rude awakening in the professional ranks. These gladiators will hit a very high pace of action at the opening bell and not quit until the fight is over. Don't blink.

Get ready for some All-American beat downs as "USFFC 15" is sure to seek and destroy all the other competition. Watch exclusively on GFL.tv and own it for life.


World Series Of Fighting!

Launches Digital Program Featuring Exclusive Content

In advance of this weekends highly anticipated "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" event, the WSOF has launched an interactive digital program packed with exclusive photos, videos, interviews, articles, bios, information on future fights and more.

"We are fully committed to providing our fans with exciting fights," said WSOF President Ray Sefo. "I'm very proud that we are able to produce this digital program free of charge for our fans, so that they can learn more about their favorite star athletes, and enjoy entertaining videos and photos in the process."

"WSOF 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" takes place this Saturday, Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The NBCSN-televised main event sees Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) and Lance "Unstoppable" Palmer (7-0) compete for the inaugural World Series of Fighting featherweight title.

The televised co-main event features a middleweight tournament semi-final between Elvis "King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9).

Also on the main card, the inspirational and unbeaten "Notorious" Nick Newell (10-0) will make his second appearance under the WSOF banner as he takes on Sabah "The Persian Warrior" Fadai (7-2), and Dwayne "D-Bomb" Lewis (13-8) and Kalib Starnes (15-8-1) will be the evening's first televised matchup

The live telecast starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on World Series of Fighting's official website, www.wsof.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.


MIESHA TATE!

TO JOIN INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 7 ANNOUNCE TEAM AS GUEST ANALYST

Women’s MMA superstar Miesha Tate will join the announce team as guest analyst for this Saturday’s Invicta Fighting Championships 7, airing live on pay-per-view from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Tate will call the nine-bout event featuring three world championship fights alongside play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello and color analyst and Invicta veteran “King” Mo Lawal. Schiavello, a long-time broadcaster, will call his first Invicta PPV telecast.

Tate, a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, will face UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey in a long-awaited rematch at UFC 168 later this month.

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook page.

Invicta is also offering a FREE one-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, available via all aforementioned PPV carriers and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch the free bouts, featuring Sarah D' Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6) at bantamweight and Munah Holland (5-2) vs. Nina Arsanoff (5-4) at flyweight, via www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook.

In Saturday’s main event, Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) champion Barb Honchak (8-2) will defend her title against three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1). In the co-feature, Invicta FC strawweight (115 pounds) champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) will defend her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0). In a third world title fight, the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship title will be on the line, featuring knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) against unbeaten rising star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC).


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

December Fight Card Updates

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials have today confirmed several updates to the promotion’s hectic December schedule.

The final month of 2013 will see CWFC stage events in England, Jordan and Ireland, bringing the curtain down on the busiest year in the promotion’s history.

That schedule begins with Cage Warriors 62 this Saturday, December 7, in Newcastle, England, where injuries to Cory Tait and Alan Johnston have seen new opponents drafted in for Jordan Desborough and Tommy Quinn respectively.

Quinn will now take on Gateshead native Dan Hope at a catchweight of 176lbs, while Desborough will clash with Irishman Martin Sheridan in a 139lbs catchweight bout.

Next up is Cage Warriors 61 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, December 13, where English bantamweight James Brum will aim for his seventh consecutive Cage Warriors win when he clashes with Russia’s Marat Pekov.

Brum had been scheduled to face CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns this weekend in Newcastle, but an injury to Johns forced the cancellation of the bout.

The 26-year-old said: “I’m excited to return to Jordan to fight Marat Pekov, who has a big fanbase out there just like I do. I can’t wait to enter the cage, punch each other in the face and hear the crowd blow the roof off the arena.”

Pekov will be making his second appearance on a Cage Warriors card, having most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Ronnie Mann at CWFC Fight Night 9 in October.

“The fight against Mann was very close but it went to the judges and they gave it his way,” said Pekov. “I won’t make the same mistake against Brum. It won’t be left in the hands of the judges this time.”

Also at Cage Warriors 61, Arnold Allen will now meet Scottish featherweight prospect Doni Miller after Taylor Lapilus was forced out due to injury.

On the back of an impressive unbeaten amateur career, highly-touted Jordanian prospect Jarrah Al-Selawe will make his professional debut against Welshman James Burrows in a welterweight contest.

Elsewhere, a new opponent is currently being sought for Catherine Costigan after Elodie Puget withdrew from their atomweight bout, scheduled for Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, due to injury.


Bodden Dethrones Vallaro!

EFC GLADIATORS

A packed house watched the title in one of the EFC's hottest divisions changed hands Saturday night (November 30), as New York-based Robert Bodden (3-0) scored a unanimous (30-27 X 3) decision over now former EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chris "The Neighborhood Legend" Vallaro at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Fighting in the highly anticipated main event of The Darwish Brothers' MMA show: EFC GLADIATORS, Bodden was the better man in nearly every facet of the sport.

"Chris Vallaro is a very strong fighter, but he had no answers for Robert Bodden tonight," said event co-promoter, Hani Darwish. "Bodden looked unbeatable tonight and my congratulations go out to him as our newest champion. And I also extend a congratulations to Chris Vallaro who defended his belt with pride and fought hard to keep it."

Other Results:

Montsir Mohammad vs. Andres Velasquez

Velasquez wins via TKO referee stoppage at 1:09 of round three.

Samir Zaimi vs. Steven Tongur

Zaimi wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28.

Benjamin Cruz vs. Sodiq Yusuff

Yusuff wins via armbar at 2:52 of round two.

Zach Santos vs. Kevin Sheehan

Santos wins unanimous decision in three rounds 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 Sinclair.

Gabriel Fonseca vs. William Dodd

Dodd wins via TKO referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 2:15 of round three.

Dylan Spyer vs. Arthur Walcott Ceesay

Walcott Ceesay wins via unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28.

Tim Dooling vs. Tyreek Jacobs

Dooling wins via TKO referee stoppage due to punches at 2:35 of round three.

Christopher Carey vs. Nile Dillon

Dillon wins via guillotine at 0:25 of round three.


Cage Warriors 62!

Countdown Video

More Cage Warriors history will be made in the UK this Saturday, December 7, when the CWFC flyweight belt is defended for the very first time.

Irishman Neil Seery, who became the first ever champion of CWFC’s 125lbs division this past June, will put his title on the line against American challenger Ulysses Gomez in the main event at Cage Warriors 62 at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

In the build-up to this landmark bout, which tops the bill for Cage Warriors’ twelfth show this year, we sent our cameras to Dublin and Las Vegas to get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of both champion and challenger. Whet your appetite for this highly-anticipated flyweight clash by watching “Cage Warriors 62: Countdown”


Will Dodd!

Ready For Mid-Term Striking Exam

When it comes to wrestling, New Jersey Phys. Ed teacher and mixed martial arts fighter Will "The Thrill" Dodd (1-0) gets an A.

But when Dodd climbs in the cage this Saturday night (November 30), at the Parsippany PAL, in one of the supporting bouts of The Darwish Brothers' next epic MMA show: EFC GLADIATORS, he will be looking to work on his new-and-improved striking skills... a mid-term exam in stand-up fighting, so to speak.

Tickets for EFC GLADIATORS are priced at: $45, $65, and $125 Cageside and are on sale now at the EFC website: efcmma.com.

"I've been really working on striking and I feel even more prepared than I did for my first fight," said Dodd. "It's coming along nicely, so I feel confident about that. I want to see where my stand up is. I feel really good because of all the work I put in."

A longtime wrestler and a wrestling coach, 26-year-old Dodd and a partner started a wrestling class at the EFC gym last March. The idea to try mixed martial arts came from the persistence of EFC head and event co-promoter Hani Darwish.

"I was teaching wrestling classes for kids, and that was pretty much my only job at the EFC. As time went on, Hani talked to me and asked if I was interested in training MMA and seeing how it goes. I've always been interested in fighting and boxing and things like that, so I said 'Definitely.' As time went on and training was going well, he said he was able to get me a fight in August. I didn't hesitate and took the fight. I just kind of hit the ground running with it. I won my debut by arm triangle in round one. "

Dodd says it's not common knowledge he's a fighter at the middle school in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he's taught gym for the past three years, but those who do know have been very supportive.

"It's not a widely known thing at work. Some of the kids I teach know. They get a kick out of it. I was trying to get kids into signing up for wrestling for the school, so I printed out some pics of UFC fighters who wrestled in high school and college and put myself in with some of the other fighters. They said, 'wait a minute, that's you!' A few of them wished me good luck on my fight coming up."

"Will has come along quickly because of his hard work," said Hani Darwish. "He really is a sponge when it comes to new techniques and skills. He has a very strong wrestling background to begin with and now he's rounding out his skills very well."

Dodd says he didn't expect his life to take this path, but now that he's tried it, he's in for the long haul.

"When I first started I thought I'd have one fight and try it, just to say I did it. But, the feeling I got when I won was something that can't be replaced. I fell in love with it. Now, I want to take it as far as I can. Obviously I'll go step by step, but once I feel I'm ready, I would be interested in turning professional and having a career."

But for now, he continues to study and prepare for all the tests and exams he will have during his evolution into a cage fighter.

"On the ground, I could finish a fight pretty quickly. But in this fight, I'm going to be trying to stay on the feet and see where I'm at. It's definitely been a big learning curve, but I train every day. Some days are harder than others, but every day I'm doing something. I'm always trying to learn and improve."

That's the mark of a good student.


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Razak Al-Hassan, Luis Palomino, Kelvin Tiller

The Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion continues to add depth to its roster with the addition of proven veterans "Razor" Razak Al-Hassan (12-4) and Luis "Baboon" Palomino (21-9), as well as top prospect Kelvin "The Mama's Boy" Tiller (6-0).

All three fighters have signed exclusive, multi-fight deals with World Series of Fighting and are expected to debut for the promotion in 2014.

"We're gearing up for an incredible 2014 by continuing to add quality fighters to all of our divisions," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Razak and Luis have both proven themselves to be very exciting, durable fighters capable of testing anyone in their weight class, and Kelvin looks to be a very bright talent with a great future ahead. I look forward to seeing all three of them in the decagon."

The 31-year-old Al-Hassan currently trains at Wisconsin's Red Schafer MMA. A black belt in tae kwon do, Al-Hassan was born in the United States to Ghanaian immigrants. He made his professional MMA debut in 2007 and previously fought twice for the UFC. Eleven of his 12 professional wins have come by knockout or submission, and earlier this year he earned the Aggression Fighting Championship light heavyweight title with a first-round submission win over Tim Chemelli.

The 33-year-old Palomino was born in Peru but now resides in Miami. A black belt in both capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Palomino is a force on the feet and the floor. A former Championship Fighting Alliance featherweight champion, Palomino recently moved up to lightweight and fell just short in a bid for the promotion's lightweight title. Palomino also fought five times for Bellator MMA, including a slot on the promotion's very first show.

Tiller is an undefeated prospect from Kansas who is unbeaten in his first six fights since turning pro in 2011. Just 23 years old, the middleweight appears to have a bright future, with five of his six career wins coming by of finish, including four submission wins.

World Series of Fighting hosts its first Canadian event with "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" on Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer headline the NBCSN-televised card, competing for the inaugural World Series of Fighting featherweight title. The live telecast starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on World Series of Fighting's official website, www.wsof.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Rousimar Palhares

World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rousimar Palhares to the company's welterweight roster.

The submission master signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in early 2014.

"Rousimar is one of the most talented athletes in mixed martial arts, and we're excited to have him as a part of our organization," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said.

A 33-year-old Brazilian native, Palhares made his professional debut in 2006. For the past five-plus years, he's competed for the UFC, picking up eight wins during that time, including six victories by submission.

Palhares has been the subject of much public scrutiny since his release from the UFC following a 31-second submission win over Mike Pierce in which the Brazilian did not immediately let go of the heel hook that ended the fight. However, Palhares and his camp have vowed to avoid any further potentially unsportsmanlike transgressions.

MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has also volunteered to help coach Palhares and help improve his mental focus in the cage.

"Rodrigo Nogueira and I would like to thank the World Series of Fighting team for working with us and signing Rousimar Palhares to fight in their promotion," Palhares' manager, Alex Davis, said. "We believe that Rousimar will become World Series of Fighting champion and give World Series of Fighting and its fans many great fights."

Palhares's signing comes less than two weeks before World Series of Fighting hosts its first Canadian event with "WSOF 7: Kharakanyan vs. Palmer" on Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer headline the NBCSN-televised card, competing for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. The telecast starts at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on www.wsof.com beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET.


Bodden V Vallaro!

EFC Gladiators This Saturday

As both an undefeated MMA fighter and second-year culinary-arts student at Suffolk Community College, New York-based Robert Bodden has been cooking up a storm.

But that's because Bodden knows whether he's preparing his favorite dish, Chicken Chaussseur, or trying to take the title from a formidable champion, if you're going to be successful, you have to have a creative recipe and all the right ingredients.

Bodden (2-0) will challenge EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chris "The Neighborhood Legend" Vallaro this Saturday (November 30), at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey, as the main event of The Darwish Brothers' next epic MMA show: EFC GLADIATORS.

Tickets for EFC GLADIATORS are priced at: $45, $65, and $125 Cageside and are on sale now at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

"It's all about expression," explained Bodden of his double life. "I feel like I can express myself in the kitchen and in the cage. I see them both as art forms you can perfect."

The 21-year-old certainly has all the ingredients in place. "One thing I can say is I'm well rounded. I have a brown belt in karate and wrestled in high school and I started training MMA really young at 15, which means I'm fairly versatile at everything. If I see a guy is better at something than I am, I can switch it up. If he's a better boxer, I'll make it a kickboxing or wrestling fight."

Champion Vallaro can be outspoken and brash, but Bodden says he's not easily distracted.

"I'm just going to go in there and do my thing. I leave my strategy up to my coaches and just go out and do it. He is a good fighter with a wrestling style. I'm a pretty good wrestler too, so the fight might end up on the feet. We might cancel each other out. No matter what, I'm ready for him. I just want to go out and put on a good performance for the fans."

A huge part of a great recipe is the ingredients and Bodden has been making sure he's fully prepared at Spartan Fitness in Deer Park, New York, with Coach Richard Lugo and Long Island MMA's Dennis Bermudez, Ryan LeClair and Greg Dispasquale. "I listen to my coaches and work my butt off. I want to take this as far as I can. I want to be the best. Hopefully take it into the professionals if I keep working hard."

Bodden says he enjoys fighting for Darwish Brothers because he feels like they treat everyone with respect. In addition to friends and family, Bodden says he may have a few chefs in the audience on fight night. "They have hot tempers too, so they'd probably like this a lot," he laughs.

"I can't wait to see who comes out with the belt Saturday night," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "Our champion Chris Vallaro is the best champion at 175 in the Tri-State area, but he's in for a real test against Bodden, who is something special. These two match up so well. It's going to be very exciting. The EFC Light Heavyweight division is stacked with talented fighters, so every fight is a guaranteed war."

So does Robert Bodden have what it takes to win his first MMA championship from a feared champion? On fight night, the proof will be in the pudding.

In a very special added attraction on EFC GLADIATORS, Vallaro counterpart"Monster" Mohammad will also return for a showdown against undefeated Andres Velasques (2-0) of New Jersey's Pure MMA.

The Parsippany PAL is located at 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout starts at 7 pm.

Those unable to attend can watch the event live via online streaming at efcmma.com and gofightlive.com for a price of $9.99. For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.


Esparza V Gadelha!

Invicta Fighting Championships 7

Invicta FC strawweight (115 lbs.) champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) defends her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (11-0) in one of three world title fights on Invicta Fighting Championships 7, airing live Saturday night, December 7 on pay-per-view from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

The stacked, nine-bout event is headlined by a potential instant classic, showcasing Inficta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) and her challenger, three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1).

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET – 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook page.

Esparza (9-2), fighting of Redondo Beach (CA), meets undefeated Brazilian superstar Gadelha (11-0) in the co-feature. She returns to the cage for the first time since sustaining a knee injury earlier this year during training. She is riding a four-right win streak into her showdown with Gadelha.

“Fighting on pay per view is very significant,” the 26-year-old Esparza said. “Invicta FC brings in fighters from all over the world, so it is great that their fans will be able to watch. I think that, once fans get a taste of Invicta, they will want to continue watching whether or not someone from their country is fighting.

“I think Claudia will come out hard right away. She has seven first-round finishes, which means she does not like to waste any time. I am expecting a very difficult first round. We both have an excellent ground game, so hopefully we can put on an entertaining, strategic ground-war if the fight happens to go there. She wants to get in there and get to work right away. I will go out there and leave it all in the cage. I am training very hard for this fight and I know she is too.”

Unbeaten since turning pro in 2008, Gadelha will make her second start under the Invicta FC banner having scored an impressive win by third round (3:58) TKO over JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki last July.

“It is going to be a war,” the 24-year-old Gadelha agreed with her opponent. “We are both coming in top shape, ready to put on a great fight. This will be one to remember! Being on pay per view is huge for women’s MMA. I am really excited because we women train just as hard as male athletes in MMA. I feel we deserve this opportunity. It’ll be great for the world to be exposed to not just women’s MMA, but the Invicta Fighting Championships, as well.

“Carla was a wrestler, first, so I know that she likes to take the fight to the ground. I will be ready for anything she throws at me. It’s going to be an exciting fight.”

In the third world title fight, the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship title will be on the line, featuring knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0) against unbeaten rising star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC).

Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig (9-4) makes her highly-anticipated Invicta FC debut versus unbeaten strawweight Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (3-0).

Also fighting on the undercard in a battle of unbeaten strawweights are Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood (7-0) vs. Finnish strawweight Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (8-0-1), as well as Canadian featherweight (145 lbs.) Julia “The Jewel” Budd (5-2) vs. fellow Canadian Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (4-3), flyweight Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) vs. Vanessa Porto (15-6), bantamweight Kelly Kobold (18-3) vs. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger (11-6), plus flyweight Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland (5-2) vs. Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff (5-4).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Ryan Dickson Replaces Ryan Chiappe!

World Series Of Fighting 7

With injury forcing Ryan Chiappe to withdraw from next week's World Series of Fighting 7 event, cancer survivor Ryan Dickson (6-1) has agreed to step in on short notice.

The 24-year-old Dickson now meets Marcus Vinicius (9-6) on the preliminary card of the Dec. 7 event, which takes place at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"We wish Ryan Chiappe a speedy recovery and hope to see him fight for us at some point in the future," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "But our team at World Series of Fighting Canada went quickly to work and did a fantastic job in securing Ryan Dickson for our card. Dickson is an impressive young prospect with an incredible story as a cancer survivor, and this could be his opportunity to really make a name for himself. I'm looking forward to seeing what he brings to the decagon."

Featuring Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer for the promotion's first-ever featherweight title, the four-bout main card for "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The night's six-bout preliminary card streams live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca. Doors for the event open at 2 p.m. PT, and the first fight will start at 3 p.m. PT.

Dickson, of Hamilton, Ontario, currently trains with Joslin's Mixed Martial Arts and Burlington's Tapout Training Centre. The welterweight has built an impressive 6-1 record that includes five wins by submission and one by knockout. However, Dickson's most remarkable win to date is a victory over testicular cancer, which briefly threatened to derail his career.

Meanwhile, Vinicius is a transplanted Brazilian and son of the famed capoeira legend Mestre Barrao who now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Cage Warriors 61!

Moves From Baghdad To Amman

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials have been forced to opt for a change of date and venue for next month’s Cage Warriors 61.

The event, which was originally scheduled for the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, December 14, will now take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, December 13.

Cage Warriors 61 will be CWFC’s thirteenth and penultimate event of the year, and will see the promotion make a swift return to Amman following the enormous success of last month’s sold-out CWFC Fight Night 9 at the same venue.

Several logistical issues caused CWFC officials to postpone the promotion’s historic first ever event in Iraq, which it is now hoped can be scheduled instead for 2014, as Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explains:

“My team and I worked extremely hard to make this event in Baghdad happen, but there were too many logistical barriers in our way that meant we couldn’t guarantee that this event would meet CWFC’s high standards of organisation and production,” said Boylan.

“I’m never willing to compromise on those standards so we’ve taken the decision to move the event to Amman instead. This will be our sixth event there so we’re familiar with the infrastructure and the challenges will subsequently be more familiar and straightforward for us to deal with in this short space of time.

“It’s unfortunate that our first event in Iraq will now have to wait until next year, but the important thing is that the athletes on the Cage Warriors 61 card still have an event to prepare for. Cancelling CWFC 61 just wasn’t an option.”

CWFC has built a huge fanbase in Amman since staging its first event there, CWFC Fight Night 1, back in June 2011. Cage Warriors 61 is one of three CWFC events scheduled for next month, joined by Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle on December 7 and Cage Warriors 63: Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

Headlined by a welterweight bout between Carvalho and Matt Inman, check out the latest fight card for Cage Warriors 61 HERE, with more bouts still to be announced.


UVC 26!

Results

The two professional bouts at UVC 26: Uprising couldn’t have gone any differently. In the main event, heavyweight Justin Woods (4-0 / fighting out of Leo, IN) earned a TKO over Tim Dunn (1-2 / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH), while Stephen Singleton (2-3 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) submitted William Max Scoby (2-1 / fighting out of Dayton, OH) with a triangle choke in less than a minute.

The unassuming Woods continued his knockout streak, as he picked up his fourth win via strikes in as many bouts as a professional. A wrestler by trade, the big puncher decided instead to stand and trade with Dunn. After the two fighters traded heavy blows in the first round, an uppercut from Woods staggered Dunn, and then a short right hand dropped him. Woods pounced for one more shot before the referee jumped in to halt the bout just over 90 seconds in.

Vision MMA’s Singleton continued his brutal road as a professional, as he picked up his second professional win with a triangle choke over Scoby in the first round. Singleton has now faced opponents with a combined 13-4 record as a professional, and the fighters he has lost to have a combined 9-1 record. He also snapped a three-fight losing streak with the win over Scoby, who lost for the first time in five bouts dating to his amateur career.

In amateur action, Darnell Pettis (6-3 / fighting out of Cleveland, OH) scored an impressive win, while Ronin Training Center’s Sean Highfill (3-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) stayed unbeaten with a unanimous decision win. Jesus Pacheco (2-0 / fighting out of Westerville, OH) also picked up his second impressive TKO win in as many bouts inside the UVC cage.

Full results from UVC 26:

Amateur Bouts:

265 lbs: Mo Benzegala def. Tyler Mullins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

155 lbs: Ronnie Wilson def. Blake Bitticker via rear naked choke – Round 1, 1:11

170 lbs: Alex Johnston def. Mark McVicker via arm bar – Round 3, 1:15

155 lbs: Jesus Pacheco def. Julian Silvey via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:59

135 lbs: Sean Highfill def. Floyd Cisco via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

145 lbs: Darnell Pettis def. Jordan Schembri via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 3:00

Professional Bouts:

160 lbs: Stephen Singleton def. William Max Scoby via triangle – Round 1, 0:55

265 lbs: Justin Woods def. Tim Dunn via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:35


Vallaro V Monster!

Nominated For 2013 MMA Fight Of The Year By GFL.TV

Combat-sport broadcast website Go Fight Live (www.gfl.tv) has announced that EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chris "The Neighborhood Legend" Vallaro's title-winning battle against Paterson, New Jersey's "Monster" Mohammad has been nominated for GFL's "2013 MMA Fight of the Year".

By all accounts, mayhem ensued when the pair locked horns in the main event of The Darwish Brothers Presents: "Extreme Fighting Championships: MMA MANIA" event in the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City last Saturday, May 18, with Vallaro eventually winning a unanimous decision.

To vote for Vallaro vs. Monster as "2013 MMA Fight of the Year", visit:http://www.gfl.tv/polls.do

Vallaro, of Ardon MMA in Brooklyn, will return to defend his title against undefeated Robert Bodden (2-0) of Spartan Fitness in Deer Park, New York, on Saturday, November 30, at 7:00 pm at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey, as the main event of The Darwish Brothers' next epic MMA show: EFC GLADIATORS.

Tickets for EFC GLADIATORS are priced at: $45, $65, and $125 Cageside and are on sale now at the EFC website: efcmma.com.

In a very special added attraction on EFC GLADIATORS, Vallaro counterpart "Monster" Mohammad will also return for a showdown against undefeated Andres Velasques (2-0) of New Jersey's Pure MMA.

The Parsippany PAL is located at 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout starts at 7 pm.

Those unable to attend can watch the event live via online streaming at efcmma.com and www.gofightlive.com for a price of $9.99.


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs foster, Madrid & Hansen

World Series of Fighting is pleased to announce the addition of seven-year veteran welterweight Brian Foster (19-6), Arizona-based lightweight Benny "El Hijo" Madrid (7-1) and impressive young bantamweight Bryson Hansen (6-1) to the company's roster of athletes.

"Our World Series of Fighting family continues to grow, and I can't wait to see this latest group of guys step into the decagon," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Brian Foster, Benny Madrid and Bryson Hansen are all incredibly talented athletes that I think can make an immediate impact in our promotion, and fans can expect to see them in early 2014.

"We also signed a new deal with Bryson's brother, Brensen Hansen, who has looked fantastic in his two appearances for World Series of Fighting. Our roster just keeps looking better and better each day."

A 29-year-old Illinois native, Foster joins the promotion on the strength of a 5-1 mark in his past six fights. Incredibly, Foster has never fought to a decision in his 25 career fights, and he owns 10 victories by submission, as well as another nine by knockout.

Foster is perhaps best known for a five-fight stint for the UFC. He left the promotion after consecutive wins over Matt Brown and Forrest Petz when health concerns forced him to take some time off, but Foster has since rebounded with three stoppage wins in four appearances, including two first-round tapout wins.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to compete in the WSOF," Foster said. "The company continues to sign great talent, and I'm happy to be a part of the team and take this chance to rise to my true potential. I just want to show the world what I'm capable of when I'm at my best, and this is a great place to do it."

Madrid turned pro in 2009 and rattled off nine straight wins to begin his career. Six of those victories came by way of stoppage, including four triumphs by way of knockout and two via submission. Along the way, "El Hijo" was crowned lightweight champ of the Arizona-based World Fighting Federation.

Madrid fought most recently in September, when he fell just short in a bid to unseat King of the Cage 155-pound champ Victor Meza, losing the hard-fought, 25-minute contest via unanimous decision.

"It would be an incredibly proud honor to fight on NBCSN. I've never been on TV before. I'm kind of ugly though," Madrid joked. "I should do one of those GEICO commercials with the caveman.

"Jokes aside, my focus is not on the cameras. It's about being the best fighter I can be and to show everyone how much heart I've got."

The Hawaiian-born Hansen brothers now reside in Las Vegas, home of World Series of Fighting. The two Xtreme Couture products have built an impressive record early in their career.

Promotional newcomer Bryson was a bantamweight champion in the Hawaiian-based X-1 promotion and was also selected as a cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 14." He fought most recently in May, where he earned a first-round TKO win over Jesus Alvarado.

Four of Bryson's six career wins have come by way of knockout.

Meanwhile, Brenson Hansen (5-1) is currently riding a three-fight win streak. The featherweight has fought for World Series of Fighting twice, scoring wins over Josh Montalvo and Tom Marcellino.

"It's going to be good to be working alongside my brother for the WSOF," Bryson said. "There will be bigger and better things to come from me in my career, and fighting on NBCSN and the international broadcast partners they have planned can only elevate me as a fighter."

World Series of Fighting will host its first Canadian event with "WSOF 7: Kharakanyan vs. Palmer" on Dec. 7 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer headline the NBCSN-televised card, competing for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. The telecast starts at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and is preceded by undercard fights streaming live on www.WSOF.com beginning at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.


Cage Warriors 61!

Fight Card Update

Several bouts have today been confirmed for Cage Warriors 61, which is set to take place in Baghdad on Saturday, December 14.

The historic event, CWFC’s 13th of the year, will see Iraq become the eighth country to host Cage Warriors Fighting Championship in 2013.

CWFC 61 is to be headlined by a welterweight contest between Matt Inman (12-5) and Bruno Carvalho (15-7), two fighters who have had contrasting recent fortunes.

Carvalho was on the end of a first-round KO loss to Gael Grimaud at CWFC Fight Night 9 in October, but the 31-year-old Brazilian says he’s keen to rebound by proving that he still figures in CWFC’s welterweight picture.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to get another great match-up on a big show,” said Carvalho. “Both Matt and I are still in title contention and this fight will bring one of us closer.”

Inman, meanwhile, has been in the best form of his career in 2013 having put together a run of three straight Cage Warriors victories, but a win over Carvalho would undoubtedly be his biggest to date.

The 27-year-old Englishman said: “It’s great to be part of another Cage Warriors event that will be breaking ground in a new country. My opponent is very skilled and experienced but I’ll be stepping my game up to another level in order to bring home the win.”

Meanwhile, after his scheduled clash with bantamweight champion Brett Johns in Newcastle on December 7 fell foul of an injury to Johns, the next outing for James Brum (13-2) will now be in Baghdad seven days later against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

Following his impressive stoppage of Vladimir Opanasenko last time out, Jack Mason (25-12) will be aiming to end the year on a high by picking up his fourth CWFC win of 2013 at the expense of French veteran Seydina Seck (15-9-1), who holds notable victories over the likes of ex-CWFC welterweight champion Gael Grimaud and three-time UFC veteran Simeon Thoresen.

In light-heavyweight action, Egyptian fan-favourite Mohamed Ali (9-5) will also be eager to clinch his third CWFC triumph of the year when he goes up against England’s James Hurrell (6-3).

Elsewhere, Vincent del Guerra (20-9) and Jake Bostwick (12-8-0-1nc) will clash in a bout to be contested at a catchweight of 176lbs, and Julien Boussuge (9-3) will take on Damien Brown (10-4) in a lightweight bout.

A featherweight clash involving unbeaten Englishman Arnold Allen (5-0) and French prospect Taylor Lapilus (5-1) is scheduled to begin the Facebook prelims, followed by a flyweight tussle between Paul Marin (6-3) and Spencer Hewitt (10-6).


WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 7!

FOUR BOUTS TO AIR LIVE ON WWW.WSOF.COM

The 11-bout lineup for World Series of Fighting's first-ever Canadian fight card is complete with the addition of four new preliminary bouts, including middleweights David "Showtime" Perron (5-2) vs. Matt "The Riotmaker" Baker (9-4), welterweights Ryan Chiappe (10-8) vs. Marcus "Ossoduro" Vinicius (9-7), lightweights Dan Ring (5-1-1) vs. Myles "The Cowboy" Merola (10-7) and middleweights Micah "Mitey" Brakefield (3-1) vs. Brendan Kornberger (3-0).

All four bouts take place on the preliminary card of "World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer," which streams live on www.wsof.com starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca.

WSOF President Ray Sefo said of the event, "The team at World Series of Fighting Canada has done an incredible job of filling our preliminary card with top Canadian prospects who will look to make an impression on a global audience and perhaps find their way to a future World Series of Fighting main card. This should be a great night of fights."

Perron, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a high-paced competitor who has yet to fight to a decision in the first seven bouts of his career. Four of his five career wins came in the very first round. He meets Baker, a Team Nogueira fighter who hails from Kamloops, British Columbia. Eight of Baker's nine career wins have come by way of stoppage.

Chiappe, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been fighting professionally since 2006. All 10 of his career wins have come by way of stoppage, including eight by way of knockout. He faces capoeira master Vinicius, a transplanted Brazilian and son of the famed Mestre Barrao who now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ring, a "Dynamic MMA" prospect out of Vancouver, British Columbia, had a five-fight win streak snapped in his last outing and looks to start a new streak in front of his home crowd. Meanwhile, Merola, also of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been fighting professionally since 2004. He recently took a three-year break from competition but returned in November 2012 with a decision win over Tristan Connelly.

Brakefield, of Burnaby, British Columbia has earned all of his victories by way of submission. He meets the undefeated Kornberger of Vancouver, British Columbia, who boasts two of his first three career wins by way of first-round TKO.


Kyle V Johnson Off!

Kyle Sustains Injury

The World Series of Fighting 7 light heavyweight showdown between Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Mike "MAK" Kyle has been canceled after Kyle suffered a broken toe in training and was forced to withdraw from the contest.

The new main event will be a previously announced five-round bout for World Series of Fighting's inaugural featherweight title between Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) and Lance "Unstoppable" Palmer (7-0).

"I'm as disappointed as anyone that we're forced to cancel this fight, but Mike just could not compete with his broken toe, and we simply could not find a suitable opponent for Anthony on such short notice," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "That said, we are fortunate that we still have a fantastic championship matchup between Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer that will now serve as our main event, and I think fans are still going to enjoy an incredible fight card."

"World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer" takes place Dec 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBC Sport Network at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, www.wsof.com.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca.

Karakhanyan brings an eight-fight win streak to the matchup. The 28-year-old Millennia MMA fighter, who was born in Russia but now makes his home in Southern California, turned pro in 2006 and has since racked up 22 wins, including 12 submission victories and another four by knockout. He debuted for World Series of Fighting in September, scoring an impressive first-round submission win over Waylon Lowe, who had won his previous four fights by knockout.

Meanwhile, Palmer is a former four-time All-American collegiate wrestler at Ohio State University. A member of California's famed Team Alpha Male, Palmer currently trains alongside MMA standouts Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo and T.J. Dillashaw, among others. Palmer made his professional debut in 2011 and remains undefeated through his first seven contests, including a recent decision win that saw him claim the Resurrection Fighting Alliance featherweight title.

A light heavyweight matchup scheduled for the preliminary card between Dwayne "D-Bomb" Lewis (13-8) and Kalib Starnes (15-8-1) will now be the evening's first televised matchup.


Cage Warriors 63!

Fight Card Update

The bill for Cage Warriors 63 is now finalised with today’s announcement of eight further bouts.

Cage Warriors 63 will happen this New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. Tickets are currently on sale.

An injury to Paul Redmond (8-3) put their lightweight clash at CWFC Fight Night 9 on ice, but the Irishman will be back on the hunt for his sixth consecutive Cage Warriors win when he finally goes head-to-head with hotly-tipped Polish prospect Mateusz Teodorczuk (10-2) at CWFC 63.

Also on the main card, Ireland’s top female star Aisling Daly (13-5) returns from a year-long hiatus for a strawweight encounter with Venezuelan Muay Thai specialist Karla Benitez (11-5-1).

Having suffered his first career loss at the hands of Stevie Ray in the final of the CWFC lightweight title tournament last month, Englishman Sean Carter (7-1) will be keen to get back to winning ways when he goes up against Irishman Myles Price (7-4).

The first of three women’s bouts on the CWFC 63 card will be a flyweight tussle involving Irish MMA debutant Amanda English (0-0) and Italian visitor Slavka Vitaly (2-0).

Meanwhile, the unstreamed portion of the night’s undercard will feature some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming prospects. Kieran O’Brien will face Mick Brennan at featherweight, Gavin Kelly and Dylan Sheehan will clash in a bantamweight bout, featherweights Sean Tobin and Chris Boujard will also collide, in addition to a welterweight contest between Kevin Booth and Rob Leybourne.


Cage Warriors 62!

Fight Card Update

Officials have today confirmed several updates to the bill for Cage Warriors 62, including the addition of two further bouts.

Cage Warriors 62 will take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday. December 7th, and tickets are currently on sale.

Unbeaten English 21-year-old Chris Fishgold (9-0) will face arguably the toughest test of his career to date when he takes on French veteran Olivier Pastor (18-14-0-1nc) in a featherweight bout.

Meanwhile, England’s Richie Knox (3-0) and Northern Ireland’s Karl Moore (3-0) will both be looking to keep their respective unblemished records intact when they collide in a light-heavyweight contest.

Elsewhere, after his scheduled CWFC bantamweight title shot at Cage Warriors 62 fell through due to an injury to champion Brett Johns, James Brum will now return to action instead when CWFC visits Baghdad, Iraq, seven days later.

An injury to Chris Scott has forced him out of his middleweight tussle with Steve Dinsdale, but CWFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Dinsdale.

The meeting of Tommy Quinn and Alan Johnston, which was originally booked as a welterweight bout, will now take place at a catchweight of 176lbs following a request from Johnston, who recently accepted the fight on short notice.


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Scott Barrett & Valdir Araujo

World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of two more fighters to its rapidly growing roster, as both Scott "The Bear" Barrett (13-3) and Valdir Araujo (14-4) have agreed to exclusive, multi-fight deals with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Both fighters are expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in early 2014.

"It's always exciting to ink deals with exciting fighters, and today is no exception," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Both of these fighters have a history of putting on incredible performances, and I can't wait to see what they can accomplish in our promotion."

Heavyweight Barrett is a 29-year-old powerhouse who currently trains with the famed Blackzilians team at Florida's Jaco Hybrid Training Center. Fighting professionally since 2007, Barrett boasts 10 if his 13 career wins by way of knockout. Nine of those finishes came in the very first round.

"Signing with the WSOF means the world to me," Barrett said. "Fighting for one of the biggest organizations out there is every fighters goal. Now it's time to show everyone who I am and what I can do! Being part of the Blackzilians has made me a different and more dangerous fighter. I can't wait to put it all together and get in the cage. I'm here to put on a show and get finishes!"

Meanwhile, Araujo is a Brazilian native who also currently makes his home in Florida. The reigning welterweight champion of Florida's Championship Fighting Alliance promotion, Araujo will give up that belt in order to purse World Series of Fighting success.

Araujo owns a well-rounded game, as witnessed by his six knockout wins and five submission victories. His three losses have come to top talent, including a 15-minute outing with current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and a disappointing defeat earlier this year to current World Series of Fighting competitor Marcelo Alfaya, setting up a potential rematch with those two somewhere down the line.

"World Series of Fighting has got a lot of excitement surrounding their welterweight division right now," said the newly signed Araujo. "I'm honored to be a part of that excitement and show the world that I'm a warrior and champion in this sport."

World Series of Fighting returns to action next month with its final event of 2013, "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Like all World Series of Fighting events, the night's main card airs on NBCSN.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Snaps Up Flyweight Pair

Damien Rooney and Marcin Lasota are the latest additions to the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster.

Both fighters are set to compete exclusively under the CWFC banner for a minimum period of 18 months, after they each penned five-fight deals with the promotion in recent days.

Lasota (7-0) is an unbeaten Polish fighter who has built up a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects since making his professional debut just over two years ago.

Ranked as Poland’s top bantamweight, the 24-year-old now plans to pursue his career in the flyweight division, starting with his CWFC debut in 2014.

In his most recent outing, Lasota inflicted a first loss on Tymoteusz Swiatek (12-1), submitting his Polish compatriot in the third round of their clash this past April.

“Signing with Cage Warriors is a huge step forward for my career,” said Lasota. “I’ll be working harder than I’ve ever done to win my debut and show that I belong among the very best in the flyweight division.”

Rooney (9-3-1) is also preparing for a move to 125lbs and is scheduled to make his first CWFC appearance early next year.

The 29-year-old Irishman, who has taken all but one of his victories inside the distance, holds notable wins over Cage Warriors veterans Alan Philpott and Mark Connor.

Rooney said: “I’m very excited to be signing with Cage Warriors. The promotion showcases the best talent in Europe and I believe I deserve to be among that.

“I believe I’ll pose a threat to anyone in the CWFC flyweight division, regardless of where the fight goes, and my plan is to go straight after that world title.”


O'Neil Stops Woodall!

Diekmann, Beekman Score Impressive Wins

After losing to tough Brazilian Gil de Freitas earlier this summer, Chuck O’Neil needed a change of pace to get back on the winning track.

“I got right back to training camp and began putting those elbows to use,” O’Neil.

Veteran Chris Woodall (12-5) bore the brunt of O’Neil’s frustration Saturday night, absorbing a series of elbows midway through the opening round, the final one opening a nasty gash on Woodall’s forehead and prompting the referee to mercifully stop the bout at the 2-minute, 24-mark second mark in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “November To Remember” pro-am card at Foxwoods Resorts Casino’s Fox Theater.

O’Neil (12-6, 4 KOs), a Bridgewater, Mass., native who starred on The Ultimate Fighter reality series several years ago, got off to a quick start in Saturday’s main event, taking Woodall to the canvas within the first 30 seconds. From there, it was a series of unanswered strikes followed by the vicious elbows that subsequently busted Woodall wide open and put an end to the night.

“After my loss, I got right back into training camp and made some improvements,” O’Neil said. “I added some extra muscle. I have a great team and it paid off tonight.”

The evenly-matched co-feature lived up to all the pre-fight hype as Amsterdam, N.Y., veteran Harley Beekman (5-2) got back on track with a hard-fought, unanimous-decision win over former UFC vet Thomas Egan (7-4) of Dorchester, Mass. Beekman won the fight 30-27 on all three scorecards, but it appeared much closer inside the cage until the third and final round when Beekman scored an early takedown and proceeded to wear down Egan over the final four and a half minutes. On his back for the majority of the round, Egan had no answer, though he did an admirable job of sustaining further damage.

“I wanted to stand up with him. He’s a hell of a striker,” said Beekman, who snapped a two-fight losing streak, “but when Plan A doesn’t work you have to go to Plan B.”

Fighting out of Dorchester, Mass., and working with famed boxing coach Peter Welch, featherweight James Murrin (1-0, 1 KO) let his hands do the talking Saturday in his professional debut, peppering fellow newcomer Douglas Monteiro (0-1) of Framingham, Mass., with relentless combinations, opening a vicious gash over Monteiro’s right eye and forcing the ringside physician to stop the bout at the end of the opening round. Utilizing his boxing training, Murrin consistently switched between working the body and landing cleanly upstairs. Monteiro had no answer other than try to attempt a takedown to stem the tide, but Murrin stuffed each attempt and cruised to a near-flawless win.

Looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, Providence flyweight Dan Cormier (2-3) came through swimmingly, defeating newcomer Marvin Maldonado (0-1) of Latham, N.Y., by split decision, 30-27, 30-27, 28-29. Also on the undercard, Meriden, Conn., Willie Brown Jr. (2-0) won for the second time in as many fight, this time exerting his will against the taller, leaner Chaz Dowdell (0-1), defeating the Pittsburgh, Pa., newcomer by submission via the rear-naked choke at the 1:18 minute of the second round.

Asked if submission victories are his new forte, Brown Jr. said, “I just take what they give me.”

In a rematch of one of his few losses as a professional, heavyweight Josh Diekmann (14-5, 10 KOs) of Groton, Conn., made quick work of journeyman Chris Guillen (13-16), stopping the 41-year-old veteran with a series of unanswered strikes at the 1:15 mark of the opening round. Guillen submitted Diekmann in 2007, but was no match for Diekmann this time around, prompting Diekmann to seek yet another rematch during his post-fight celebration.

“I want to thank Chris for coming out here from halfway across the country to give me a rematch. That’s what real men do, not yellow-bellied cowards like Tyler King,” Diekmann said in reference to King, who beat him by unanimous decision in October of 2012.


Sparta Combat League!

Returns On GFL

In the main event, in a flyweight scrap, "Fireball Kid" Josh Mercado (5-1) fights "Quick" Nick Honstein (13-6). Mercado hails from Florida and brings a devastating submission game into the cage. 4 of his victories have come via tapout with the other coming via TKO. His only loss was by decision in a close battle that many observers thought he won. Look for Mercado to push the pace at the opening bell and try and get the fight to the ground where he can go for submission after submission trying to catch Honstein. Honstein brings a huge experience advantage into the cage and is coming off of a first round submission win of his own. Honstein is also an expert grappler and wrestler and hails from Nebraska where he picked up an all-around MMA game. Honstein will welcome any battles on the ground, but might use his wrestling advantage to keep the fight standing. This could turn into a shootout in the striking department if that happens. Either on the mat or on their feet, this bout promises to be a barnburner of two top prospects in the always entertaining 125 lb division.

Also on the card Sid Bice will take on Anthony Session in a Flyweight bout. Lightweight's Nick Laney battles Jared Deaguero. Ben DeAnda will square off with Matt Cano in a welterweight showdown.. Featherweight's Tyler Pringle & Robert Parrish will clash over 3 rounds. Finally, Tadd Harding & Luke Melchior will trade blows in another lightweight contest.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order "Lords of the Legion", and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Fans around the WORLD can watch this entire event from start to finish LIVE on GFL.tv by clicking the link below:

http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Sparta_Combat_League__Lords_of_the_Legion/2194


WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM FOXWOODS

Listed below are weights for all of the participants in tomorrow night’s “A November To Remember” pro-am mixed martial arts card at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

CHUCK O’NEIL 170 V CHRIS WOODALL 168

THOMAS EGAN 181 V HARLEY BEEKMAN 184

JOSH DIEKMANN 247 V CHRIS GUILLEN 237

WILLIE BROWN JR. 202 V CHAZZ DOWELL 202

BLAIR TUGMAN 134 V THEO DESJARDIN 140

JAMES MURRIN 145 V DOUGLAS MONTEIRO 144

MARVIN MALDONADO 126 V DAN CORMIER 123

RYAN POMPEII 131 V ROMULADO DE FREITAS 132

MIKE PIACENTINI 134 V DASHAWN ROBINSON 134


New Breed!

Live On GFL.tv

Brawl Inc. debuts on GFL as it presents "New Breed" emanating from the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Branson, Missouri on November 15. This 8-fight card will feature several of the top, up and coming fighters from the area including a title fight as Brawl Inc. looks to make a huge statement to a global audience for the first time ever.

In the main event, the Brawl Inc. Lightweight Title will be up for grabs as William Lavine (3-2) battles Charles Brown (1-0) in a hotly anticipated showdown. Lavine will have the experience advantage and is an expert grappler and brings heavy hands into the cage as all 3 of his wins have come by way of stoppage. Lavine is well-rounded and loves to push the pace from the get go. Brown knocked out his first and only opponent after out striking him throughout that fight up to that point. Brown throws damaging punches with each combo so look for him to try and keep the fight standing where he will be at his best. Expect both of these men to come out with their guns blazing as this is not only the main event, but also has a title on the line.

In other action, Lance Lee (0-4) takes on Ron Bata (0-1) in a welterweight shootout. Lee is a fan favorite fighter because of his willingness to throw caution to the wind even if that means putting himself in some precarious positions in the cage. His high risk-high reward style makes him a wildcard in any fight. Lee has suffered several losses via submission so look for him to try and keep it standing where he can unload with a series of strikes. Bata is also looking for his first win and comes into the fight trying to even his record to .500 with his back already against the wall in his young career. Look for Bata to throw punches with bad intentions. Don't blink.

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Aussie Duo Join CWFC

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today added Benny Alloway and Damien Brown to its ever-expanding roster of fighters.

The Australian pair, who also train under renowned coach Marc Fiore at Altitude MMA in Colorado, have each put pen-to-paper on five-fight deals, which will see them compete exclusively for CWFC over a minimum period of 18 months.

Alloway (12-5) joins Cage Warriors on the back of a three-fight stint with the UFC, which started with a ‘KO of the Night’ victory over Manny Rodriguez last December.

The 32-year-old, who picked up a TKO win against CWFC middleweight Valentino Petrescu last year on The Ultimate Fighter, first fought for Cage Warriors in February 2012 when he overcame Mauro Chimento via unanimous decision at CWFC Fight Night 3 in Beirut.

“I’m very grateful to Graham Boylan and the Cage Warriors family for welcoming me back to one of the most respected organisations in the world, and I’m really looking forward to stepping on their canvas again,” said Alloway.

“CWFC is the best thing for my career at this stage and I don’t plan to disappoint them for bringing me back. My plans for the division are simple; get back to finishing fights, one at a time, and eventually become champion.”

Brown (10-4), one of Australia’s top lightweights, has dropped just one loss in his last five outings, an impressive run that has seen him pick up notable wins over fellow Legend FC veterans Haotian Wu and Rob Hill.


Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships!

To Provide A Sports Therapist

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships have revealed that during their debut show Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist, Dan Smith, of Assault Fitness and Core Fitness with be backstage.

Dan will be offering massage and treatments for any fighter needing pre and/or post-fight attention to any muscle stiffness/soreness.

Director of Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships, Paul Reed said, "As we continue to strive to deliver the best facilities for the fighters we are pleased to announce that Dan Smith PT and Sports Therapist of Assault Fitness and Core Fitness will be offering massage and treatment for anyone needing any pre or post Fight attention to any muscle stiffness/soreness, of course all free of charge to the fighters.

Dan has trained in all aspects of MMA and runs MMA conditioning classes, he fully understands the wear and tear that comes with the pre-fight preparation, and of course he is a huge MMA Fan.

His skills and knowledge are a perfect fit for our show in providing the best care for the fighters and hopefully another example of how serious we are about delivering some of the best standards in the Amateur MMA game."


Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships!

Fight Card Update

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships have brought out the big guys and added two light-heavyweight bouts and one heavyweight bout to the Shinobi War card.

The light-heavyweight bouts will feature Joe Cook vs Lewis Tynan and Nathan Rigby vs Tom Tynan. Joe and Nathan both fight out of HFFS and will be making their respective debuts. Lewis and Tom are part of the Murry Camp.

The heavyweight contest will feature Matt Allen vs Chris Kinsey. Matt is the fourth fighter to appear on the card from Beyond Black Belt. Chris is part of Team Savage Science. Both fighters will be making their respective Unified Amateur Rules A Class debut.

Shinobi War will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre. Tickets can be purchased via the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


Palmer Replaces Glenn!

World Series Of Fighting Featherweight Title

Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) will still compete for World Series of Fighting's inaugural featherweight title, but he'll face a new opponent, Lance "Unstoppable" Palmer (7-0), an impressive young fighter whose addition makes this new championship matchup just as exciting as the originally planned bout.

Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2-1) withdrew from the World Series of Fighting 7 bout due to personal reasons.

"We wish Rick Glenn all the best and know that he still has a very bright future ahead of him in our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said.

World Series of Fighting recently signed a multi-fight deal with Palmer, who now meets Karakhanyan to determine the promotion's first 145-pound champion.

Karakhanyan and Palmer meet in the five-round, co-main event of next month's "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle" event, which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, following prelims that stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, and are available at TicketLeader.ca.

Palmer is a former four-time All-American collegiate wrestler at Ohio State University. A member of California's famed Team Alpha Male, Palmer currently trains alongside MMA standouts Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo and T.J. Dillashaw, among others. Palmer made his professional debut in 2011 and remains undefeated through his first seven contests, including a recent decision win that saw him claim the Resurrection Fighting Alliance featherweight title.

"I'm very excited to start this next chapter of my career," said Palmer. "To be able to come in and fight for a title in a top promotion is a great honor, and I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans."

Meanwhile, Karakhanyan brings an eight-fight win streak to the matchup. The 28-year-old Millennia MMA fighter, who was born in Russia but now makes his home in Southern California, turned pro in 2006 and has since racked up 22 wins, including 12 submission victories and another four by knockout. He debuted for World Series of Fighting in September, scoring an impressive first-round submission win over Waylon Lowe, who had won his previous four fights by knockout.

"It is unfortunate that Rick had to pull out of the fight," said Karakhanyan. "As professional, my job is to adapt and be prepared for anything and everything. I'm really excited to fight. Don't matter who it is, I just want to fight. Lance Palmer is a tough opponent, and I'm looking forward to beating him for the belt!"

The winner of the Karakhanyan vs. Palmer matchup will join recently crowned welterweight champion Steve Carl as the first two title holders on the World Series of Fighting roster.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Schedule Update

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is to sign off on its busiest year to date with a hectic December schedule which will feature three events in three different countries.

CWFC officials can today confirm that terms have been agreed to bring Europe’s leading MMA promotion to Baghdad for a ground-breaking event on Saturday, December 14.

The Iraqi capital will play host to Cage Warriors 61 just seven days after CWFC’s next scheduled event, which is set for Newcastle, England. Once again, the curtain will be brought down on the year in Dublin, Ireland, on December 31, when Cage Warriors will stage its fourteenth and final event of 2013.

However, the promotion’s visit to Baghdad next month is sure to attract worldwide attention, as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continues to expand into previously uncharted territories with a view to satisfying the enormous appetite for mixed martial arts in the region.

While some small-scale shows have taken place in Iraq in recent years, Cage Warriors 61 will mark the country’s first taste of an internationally-recognised MMA event, which will feature some of the top talent on the CWFC roster.

Iraq will become the eleventh country to play host to a Cage Warriors event since the start of last year. At the outset of 2012, the promotion embarked on an ambitious international schedule, breaking new ground for the sport of mixed martial arts in countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.

That campaign of expansion has continued in 2013, the highlight of which thus far was an extremely successful and hugely significant event – Cage Warriors 58 – in the Russian republic of Chechnya this past August.

“Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is an international promotion, the biggest and busiest outside the USA, and this announcement further enhances that fact and that reputation,” said Graham Boylan, Cage Warriors CEO.

“We’ve shown our ambition for breaking through frontiers in the past so I’m sure it will come as no surprise to see us confirming an event in Baghdad. It has had a troubled past but we’re looking forward to visiting this fantastic city and giving the people there a taste of world-class MMA.

“The event will be one of three in December, which allows us to finish this year having staged 14 shows in the space of 10 months; that’s 26 in total across 11 different countries since February of last year. With 18 shows scheduled for next year, you can expect our international growth to continue at pace in 2014.”

Cage Warriors 61 was originally scheduled for Dagestan on November 16, but a number of logistical issues paved the way for the change of date and venue to December 14 in Baghdad, with a strong fight-card matched for the event which will be revealed in due course.

While the chronological order of numbered events has subsequently been impacted, officials have opted to continue with the December 7 event in Newcastle being billed as Cage Warriors 62, with Cage Warriors 61 following a week later in Baghdad. DECEMBER 2013 SCHEDULE

Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle, England - Saturday, December 7

Cage Warriors 61: Baghdad, Iraq - Saturday, December 14

Cage Warriors 63: Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday, December 31


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Top Ranked Strawweight Jessica Aguilar

The World Series of Fighting is pleased to announce the top-ranked female fighter at 115 pounds, Jessica Aguilar (16-4), has signed a multi-year deal with the Las Vegas-based fight promotion and will make her debut appearance in the decagon in early 2014.

"Women's mixed martial arts is now a very big part of the sport and has gained so much attention and popularity in recent years, and we're very proud to announce the launch of World Series of Fighting women's division," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "To not only add a women's division, but to kick it off by signing one of the absolute best women fighters in the game is a statement to what the future holds for World Series of Fighting's women's division."

Aguilar is currently the No. 1-ranked fighter in the world at 115 pounds by the Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings.

"I'm very proud to be making history, being the first female fighter to sign with the WSOF," said Aguilar. "It's an honor that they chose me to be the face of their female division."

The 31-year-old Aguilar currently boasts a seven-fight win streak that includes two wins over former top pound-for-pound fighter Megumi Fujii. "Jag" is 11-1 in her past 12 fights and owns seven career wins by submission, as well as another two by knockout.

"I just can't wait," Aguilar said. "I'm so hungry and eager to get into that cage and show everyone what I can do and why I am the best in the world."

Additional information on Aguilar's World Series of Fighting debut, including her opponent, will be announced shortly.


Vera & Laimon Inducted Into Hall Of Fame!

November 16 At Grapplers Quest

Grapplers Quest is proud to announce the induction of UFC Fighter, Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Ultimate Fighter grappling coach and founder of Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu, Marc Laimon into the Grappling Hall of Fameon Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sports Center located at 121 East Sunset Road.

Brandon Vera will also be hosting a training seminar for registered Grapplers Quest World Series competitors only at 10:00 AM to help raise awareness for http://AutismDonation.org.

Competitors interested in training with the "The Truth", an Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran can Pre-Register online before Wednesday, November 13at 11:59 PM at: http://bit.ly/WorldSeriesofGrappling or register at the door.

Brandon Vera started competing as a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Grapplers Quest back in 2002 and quickly rose through the ranks, winning Novice, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Division titles along the way, a total of eleven championship titles from Grapplers Quest plus several appearances in Professional divisions before an illustrious Mixed Martial Arts career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Marc Laimon was the first ever Superfight Absolute Division champion, defeating Chris Brennan, Jeff Monson and Dean Lister in the first cash prize Submission Grappling tournament on U.S. soil at the first Grapplers Quest ever hosted in Las Vegas on October 7, 2000. After filming the Ultimate Fighter Season One, Laimon challenged Ryron Gracie in a 20 minute Superfight at Grapplers Quest defeating him at his own game with Rorion Gracie's rules. He is a Grapplers Quest legend, founder of Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu and now coach of many top UFC contenders including Johnny Hendricks.

Discount Competitor registration includes:

Free Seminar with Brandon "The Truth" Vera

Free Grapplers Quest T-Shirt

Includes $21 off at-the-door pricing

FIGHTERS: Registration Savings End Wednesday, November 13th at 11:59 PM PST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/WorldSeriesofGrappling or at the door.

SPECTATORS: Save $8 with Advanced Purchased Will Call Tickets (or available for $20 at door),Buy for $12 in advance each here: http://bit.ly/GQWorldSeriesTix


World Series Of Fighting 7!

Prelims Take Shape

World Series of Fighting's first-ever Canadian fight continues to fill out, as three new preliminary contests have been booked for World Series of Fighting 7, including a light heavyweight matchup of Dwayne "D-Bomb" Lewis (13-8) vs. Kalib Starnes (15-8-1), a featherweight contest of Shawn Albrecht (9-5) vs. Josh Machan (11-4) and welterweights Michael "The Messenger" Hill (5-2) vs. Jordan Knippelberg (8-2).

The trio of bouts take place on the preliminary card of "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which streams live on www.wsof.com starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca.

"We're incredibly excited to be making out first trip to Canada, and our preliminary card is going to feature a great mix of the country's best veteran and prospect fighters, who will enjoy an opportunity to impress a worldwide audience," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Add that to an amazing main card that features Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle in the headliner, and I think Canadian fans are going to be in for a great night of action."

Lewis, of Fort McMurray, Alberta, boasts past clashes with MMA notables Razak Al-Hassan, Chris Camozzi Marvin Eastman, Wilson Gouveia, Ryan Jimmo and Emanuel Newton, among others. Lewis briefly retired from the sport following a particularly frustrating loss to Gouveia, but the draw of the sport was too strong, and he returned to the cage in July, scoring a unanimous decision win over Tim Chemelli.

Starnes, a five-time UFC veteran and former Armageddon Fighting Championship middleweight champion, fought most recently in August, when he needed just 81 seconds to score a TKO win over Clay Davidson. The 38-year-old native of Surrey, British Columbia, currently boasts a three-fight win streak, a run that includes a heavyweight bout with six-time UFC veteran Tim Hague.

Albrecht, of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, is the head coach of West Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with seven years of professional MMA experience. Despite his ample grappling history, Albrecht has earned eight of his nine career wins by way of knockout.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Machan has elected to handle his fights in a different manner, notching 10 of his 11 career wins by way of submission. The Red Deer, Alberta, resident is also in the midst of an incredible run of success, winning 11 of his past 12 fights including an incredible run of four-straight wins by tapout - two of which took 22 seconds or less.

Hill, of Kelowna, British Columbia, is perhaps best known for his time as a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 16," where he fought as a member of UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson's team. Most recently, he came up short in a bid for the Aggression Fighting Championship welterweight title, losing by submission with just 31 seconds remaining in the five-round championship bout.

Meanwhile, Knippelberg, of Trail, British Columbia, brings a three-fight win streak to the cage, a run that includes two submission wins of one minute or less. Overall, Knippelberg has won seven of his past eight fights and owns five of his eight career wins by submission.

NBCSN-TELEVISED MAIN CARD

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Rick Glenn vs. Georgi Karakhanyan - for inaugural WSOF featherweight title

Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor - middleweight tournament semifinal

Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell

WSOF.COM-STREAMED PRELIMINARY CARD

Kalib Starnes vs. Dwayne Lewis

Shawn Albrecht vs. Josh Machan

Michael Hill vs. Jordan Knippelberg


SMASH MUAY THAI!

RETURNS TO ACTION NOVEMBER 23RD

Smash World Series, the UK’s most exciting fight series, is back at the Watford Colosseum on November 23rd with an outstanding lineup of international Muaythai fighters.

This world class fight series, which showcases the very best in Muaythai and is now on to its 6th show and is gathering interest internationally, will see local boy Dan Bowie fight Richie Green for the Super-Middleweight WBC Title, and it promises to be an explosive battle to the very end.

The event, which includes two WBC titles and two Goldenbelt titles, as well as an exceptional card with no less than fourteen world class fights, will also include Lighting, Pyros and Sound, and an after party with DJs from London’s Pasha, including James McLaughlin and Max Van Morrison.

Tickets at £30 and £35 are available at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk or at smashworldseries.com

V.I.P. Tables of ten are also available at £65 to £75 per person.

To book call Chris on 07833 447 201 or email william.evans@smashworldseries.com


Shinobi MMA!

Fight Card Revealed

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to announce the addition of two more fights to the Shinobi War card.

Craig Dransfield of Next Generation MMA in Liverpool will be taking on Fergus Williams-Tanton who is an independent fighter. Dransfield is a BJJ Blue Belt under Head Coach, Paul Rimmer, and has a solid stand-up game to match. Williams-Tanton has a very game fighter who has trained in many martial arts over the years including Muay Thai, Sambo and Wrestling.

Igor Pusharskis of Team Elite has made a promising start to his MMA career and holds an amateur record of 4-0. He will face another independent fighter in the form of Gary Tyrer. Tyrer always comes to fight and is himself unbeaten having won both of his amateur bouts to date.

Unfortunately, as with Liam Bird has been forced to withdraw from the card leaving Bobby Pallet without an opponent. Again Team Shinobi have managed to find a more that suitable replacement in Jordan Barton from Team Elite. Jordan has a strong striking background, which is a trademark of Team Elite and has rounded out his game by competing in and winning grappling tournaments.

Shinobi War takes place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre, North Wales. The full fight card is as follows:

Featherweight Bout

Wayne Hughes (HFFS) vs Reece Phillips (Beyond Black Belt)

Lightweight Bout

Paul Jackson (HFFS) vs River O'Callaghan (Silverback MMA)

Light Heavyweight Bout

Mario Data (HFFS) vs Piotr Chyska (Beyond Black Belt)

Middleweight Bout

Igor Puskarskis (Team Elite) vs Gary Tyrer (Independent)

Bantamweight Bout

Mak Mwanza (Silverback MMA) vs Jordan Chester (Reps MMA)

Welterweight Bout

Alan Hunt (Team Elite) vs Tony Hristov (Silverback MMA)

Middleweight Bout

Mark Sutton (Next Level MMA) vs Tom White (Beyond Black Belt)

Featherweight Bout

Lloyd Sweeney (ASW) vs Gav Samuels (Independent)

Lightweight Bout

Craig Dransfield (Next Generation) vs Fergus Williams-Tanton (Independent)

Lightweight Bout

Bobby Pallett (HFFS) vs Jordan Barton (Team Elite)

Catchweight 54Kg Bout

Adam Penketk (Sapphire MMA) vs TBC

Flyweight Bout

Ollie Harris (Next Level MMA) vs TBC

Featherweight Bout

Chris Pieroni (HFFS) vs TBC

Featherweight Bout

Jay Clay (Next Generation) vs TBC

Light Heavyweight Bout

Joe Cook (HFFS) vs TBC

Light Heavyweight Bout

Nathan Rigby (HFFS) vs TBC

Light Heavyweight Bout

Matt Clempner (ASW) vs TBC

Heavyweight Bout

Matt Allen (Beyond Black Belt) vs TBC


November, 2013

Grapplers Quest World Series!

Nov. 16 In Las Vegas

Grapplers Quest is proud to announce the 13th annual "World Series of Grappling" on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sports Center located at 121 East Sunset Road. FightNow® Television team will be recording for tape delay event highlights plus airing to one million viewers monthly on YouTube at http://LiveGrappling.com

700+ Competitors expected and 200+ Teams will be competing for the World Series Team Titles. All Men's and Women's Advanced Divisions Champions and All Absolute Divisions will be awarded the custom Championship Belts and the largest medallions in the sport of grappling sponsored by Super Body Care, OnTheMat, Beneath The Surface Tattoo and Manto.

Registration Savings End Wednesday, November 13th at 11:59 PM PST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/WorldSeriesofGrappling or at the door. Spectators can purchase advance tickets for just $12 each here: http://bit.ly/GQWorldSeriesTix or at the door for $20.

$35,000 in Prizes and Registration Fees:

$500 Cash Men's No-Gi Advanced Absolute Open Weight

$250 Cash Women No-Gi Advanced Absolute Open Weight

Plus $34,250 in Total Competitor Fees for All World Series Champions (all divisions, ages and skill levels) on November 16th in Las Vegas will win a COMPETE FOR FREE voucher valued up to $150 for the Grapplers Quest World Championship Finals in New York on December 7th

Discount Competitor registration includes:

Free Seminar with Black Belts and Head Referees, David Karchmer and Alberto Marchetti

Free Grapplers Quest T-Shirt

Includes $21 off at-the-door pricing

FIGHTERS: Registration Savings End Wednesday, November 13th at 11:59 PM PST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/WorldSeriesofGrappling or at the door.

TICKETS: Save $8 with Advanced Purchased Will Call Tickets ($20 at door), Buy for $12 in advance each here: http://bit.ly/GQWorldSeriesTix


A November To Remember!

MMA Returns To Foxwoods

With a thrilling combination of top-rank veterans, up-and-coming pros and some of the best amateurs in the region, this is the type of event that, in a nutshell, captures the essence of Classic Entertainment & Sports' famous "something for everyone" edict.

"A November To Remember," coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, Nov. 15th, 2013, is the latest installment of CES' wildly-popular mixed martial arts division, and it will be the promotion's second pro-am card this month at Foxwoods, including its recent boxing pro-am at the beginning of November.

This time, CES will bring heavy-hitters Chuck O'Neil (11-6, 3 KOs) of Bridgewater, Mass., and popular Irish middleweight Thomas Egan (7-3, 5 KOs) of nearby Dorchester to Foxwoods' venerable Fox Theater, adding two former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans to an already-stacked lineup.

Egan, who starred in UFC 93 four years ago in his native Ireland, will face the always-dangerous Bombsquad veteran Harley Beekman (4-2, 2 KOs) of Amsterdam, N.Y., in a three-round bout. Looking to continue his climb back up the ladder in the welterweight division, O'Neil will tangle with Atlanta's Chris Woodall (12-4, 5 KOs) in a three-round bout. A former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality television series, O'Neil is looking to a rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Brazilian Gil de Freitas in August.

Tickets for the event are priced at $30.00, $55.00 and $100.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254 or online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com. This is an all ages show; all fights and fighters are subject to change.

The undercard of "A November To Remember" features more of the region's top talent as North Haven, Conn., bantamweight Blair Tugman (5-3) will face Eugene Barrett (3-6) of Toledo, Ohio. Also on the card, hard-hitting heavyweight Josh Diekmann (13-5 9 KOs), fighting out of TriForce MMA and Groton, Conn., will battle Chris Guillen (13-15, 1 KO) of Fort Worth, Tex., and Providence, R.I., flyweight Dan Cormier (1-3) will face newcomer Marvin Malonado of Latham, N.Y.

One of the most impressive up-and-comers in New England, light heavyweight Willie Brown Jr. (1-0) of Meriden, Conn., will return to face Pittsburgh newcomer Chazz Dowell, and Dorchester, Mass., featherweight James Murrin will make his professional debut against fellow newcomer Douglas Monteiro, fighting out of the Dragon's Lair in Framingham, Mass.

On the amateur side, welterweight Kyle Bochniak (3-1) of Boston's Broadway MMA will face Travis Demko (1-0) from Wai Kru, also out of Boston, and bantamweight Mike Piacentini (0-1) of Coondog MMA in Meriden will face Dashawn Robinson (1-1) from Ultimate MMA in North Haven, Conn. The amateur undercard also features welterweight bouts between Eduardo Conde (3-0) of Team Thunder MMA in Watertown, Conn., and Jose Quinones (3-1) of New England Combat in Johnston, R.I.; and Romulado de Freitas of the Dragon's Lair and independent fighter Angel LaBoy (0-1) of Hartford. All amateur bouts feature three five-minute rounds.


Shinobi War!

Fight Card Update

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is pleased to annouce that two more bouts have been added to the upcoming Shinobi War card.

A featherweight battle that, on paper, bears all the hallmarks of a classic 'striker vs grappler' match-up has been made. The bout will feature Lloyd Sweeney vs Gav Samuels. Sweeney fights out of the Atherton Submission Wrestling gym that has a solid reputation for producing strong grapplers. Samuels is an independent fighter who has boxed since an early age and recently made the transition to MMA.

Tony Hristov hoping it will be third time lucky as he is now set to face yet another new opponent. Unfortunately, Callum Morris has picked up an injury, but Team Shinobi have wasted no time in finding a suitable replacement. Replacing Callum will be Alan Hunt from Team Elite

Shinobi War will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre. Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


Cody Bollinger!

Signs With World Series Of Fighting

World Series of Fighting is proud to announce the addition of Cody "Bam Bam" Bollinger (14-2) to the company's bantamweight roster.

The 22-year-old Californian signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting and is expected to debut for the promotion in early 2014.

"Cody is an extremely talented fighter, and we're thrilled to have him on board with our company," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Cody has recently endured some tough times in his career, but we believe he is highly skilled and has a bright future in front of him. I can't wait to see what he can accomplish in the World Series of Fighting decagon."

Despite his young age, Bollinger has been competing professionally for seven years. Bollinger's father signed a waiver for him to make his professional debut in 2006 at just 15 years old. He's since built an impressive 14-2 mark, including five wins by submission and another four by knockout.

Most recently, Bollinger was a contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter 18," where he defeated Rafael de Freitas to earn his way on to the show. However, he failed to make weight for his next fight with Anthony Gutierrez and was eliminated from the show.

"It is not every day that one finds himself living a dream that turns into a nightmare," Bollinger wrote in his Revgear Sports blog. I knew heading into the show that this was going to be the hardest weight cut of my career. ... I missed weight and have zero excuses about it, I didn't adjust well enough to the situation I was put in and paid for that tremendously."

Bollinger will now get a second chance to make a first impression.

"When one dream ends, you make the shift to chase a new one," Bollinger said.


Maguire V Mulpeter!

Cage Warriors 63

JOHN MAGUIRE’S opponent for his New Year’s Eve debut for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has today been confirmed.

Maguire, who signed an exclusive five-fight deal with CWFC last week, will take on home favourite Philip Mulpeter in a 161lbs catchweight bout at Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday, December 31.

The event will be co-headlined by a pair of CWFC title bouts - Stevie Ray makes his first defence of the lightweight belt against Ivan Buchinger, while Jim Alers will be aiming to retain his featherweight strap when he takes on Graham Turner - and ticket sales will open shortly.

A two-time winner in the UFC, Maguire (18-6) is currently fifth in the UK’s lightweight rankings and is confident of making a successful start to his spell with Cage Warriors.

“Being the Cage Warriors champion is now my aim and this is the first step on the way to that,” said the 30-year-old Englishman. “Philip Mulpeter, you called down thunder; well now you’ve got it.”

Mulpeter (6-3), like Maguire, sees his future in the 155lbs division having previously competed at welterweight. The 24-year-old was quick to offer Maguire his CWFC debut via Twitter after the signing of the UFC veteran was announced last week, and Cage Warriors officials have duly obliged.

A native of Laois in Ireland, Mulpeter began his move to lightweight with a very impressive second-round TKO of Warren Kee at Cage Warriors 56 in London this past July.

Mulpeter said: “I can’t wait to get back in the cage. My last fight was a good win over a tough opponent but I’m looking to improve again. I’m looking forward to getting another win, especially in my capital city.”

A welterweight bout between Irish pair John Redmond and Kieran Davern will also feature on Cage Warriors 63’s preliminary card.


Glenn V Karakhanyan!

Inaugural Featherweight Title On The Line

World Series of Fighting will soon crown the second champion in company history as Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2-1) meets Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) for the promotion's inaugural featherweight title.

The two meet at "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca

"Anyone who's seen Rick Glenn and Georgi Karakhanyan fight knows what kind of exciting, dynamic athletes they are in the cage," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "These two have proven themselves as the top two fighters in our 145-pound division, and I can't wait to see them meet for our first-ever featherweight belt."

Glenn is a 24-year-old member of Wisconsin's famed Roufusport team. An Iowa native, Glenn has been competing professionally since 2006 and is unbeaten in his past 12 contests. He's fought twice under the World Series of Fighting banner, earning a knockout over Alexandre Pimentel in March and returning in September to score an impressive decision win over a previously unbeaten Artur Rofi.

Meanwhile, Karakhanyan brings an eight-fight win streak to the matchup. The 28-year-old Millennia MMA fighter, who was born in Russia but now makes his home in Southern California, also turned pro in 2006 and has since racked up 22 wins, including 12 submission victories and another four by knockout. He debuted for World Series of Fighting in September, scoring an impressive first-round submission win over Waylon Lowe, who had won his previous four fights by knockout.

The winner of the Glenn vs. Karakhanyan will join recently crowned welterweight champion Steve Carl as the first two title holders on the World Series of Fighting roster.

With the addition to the World Series of Fighting 7 lineup, the night's main card now includes:

Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle

Rick Glenn vs. Georgi Karakhanyan - for inaugural WSOF featherweight title

Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor - middleweight tournament semifinal

Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell


UVC 26!

Heavyweight Knockout Artists Collide

Two of MMA’s top heavyweight prospects will be in action on November 23, as a pair of young knockout artists are set to collide in the main event at UVC 26: Uprising.

Former UVC amateur heavyweight champion Tim “Fatboy” Dunn (1-1 / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH) will face his toughest test to date when he welcomes Justin Woods (3-0 / fighting out of Leo, IN) to the UVC cage for the first time. Two of the sport’s non-traditional heavyweights, Dunn stands 5’9” and weighs 260 pounds, while Woods is 5’9”, 245 pounds.

With a 12-3 overall record, Dunn has finished 11 of his wins with strikes, including a beautiful first round knockout over James Dishong in his pro debut at UVC 22 earlier this year. A former high school football player and wrestler, Woods is 8-0 overall and has finished six of his fights with strikes, including three first round knockouts as a pro. Most notably, he finished Rick Day in just 10 seconds in September 2012.

In the co-main event, former UVC amateur welterweight champion William Max Scoby (2-0 / fighting out of Dayton, OH) is set to take on Stephen Singleton (1-3 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) in a catchweight clash at 160 pounds. With a 12-2 record overall, Scoby looks to extend his unbeaten streak to five and also pick up his third professional win via submission. A veteran of 13 fights overall with a combined 9-4 record, Singleton was ranked as the No. 1 amateur lightweight in Ohio earlier this year before turning pro, and also holds a victory over current UVC lightweight champion Ben Cook.

More bouts will be announced for UVC 26 in the coming days. Tickets start at just $27 and are available online at www.LocalMMATickets.com .


Health Fitness & Fight Solutions!

Take Over Sapphire MMA

Today that Director of Health Fitness & Fight Solutions (HFFS), Ian Munzberger, announced that his company has taken over Sapphire MMA in Liverpool. Ian will be working with new business partner, Anthony O'Reilly and together they will rebrand Sapphire MMA in true HFFS style.

The current Sapphire gym will close its doors on November 22nd and reopen on January 4th 2014 as HFFS-Sapphire. During this time the gym will undergo a major refurbishment.

Ian Munzberger said, "I have to say that I am extremely excited at the prospect of growing the HFFS brand.

On behalf of Anthony and myself; I would like to thank the past management team for allowing us the opportunity to take the Sapphire MMA gym to the next level. We have great plans for the new facility, and we are confident that we can add to the already impressive list of Liverpool based MMA training facilities."


Shinobi War!

Adds 4 More Bouts

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is proud to announce its next batch of fights for their upcoming debut show entitled Shinobi War.

An injury to Chris Barlow has forced him off the card. Fortunately, Callum Morris from Atherton Submission Wrestling has stepped in to welcome Tony Hristov to the world of MMA.

Experience amateur fighter Mak Mwanza from Silverback MMA will take on one of Reps MMA's rising stars, Jordan Chester. Chester has fought many times under B and C Class Unified Amateur rules, but will be making the step up to A Class rules to take on Mwanza.

Mario Data and Piotr Chyska will be both be making their respective MMA debuts. Data fights out of the HFFS gym and will have home advantage when he takes on the man from Beyond Black Belt in this Light Heavyweight encounter.

A lightweight contest between Bobby Pallett and Liam Bird has been added to the card. Pallett and Bird are two of the more experienced fighters appearing on the show. Pallett is 2-0 and fights out of the HFFS gym. Bird holds a record of 4-1 and trains at Silverback MMA.

Shinobi War takes place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Deeside Leisure Centre. Tickets for the Shinobi War can be purchased direct from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


Cage Fury Fighting Championships!

LIVE WORLDWIDE On GFL.tv

In the main event, TUF alumni will square off as Jeff Smith (10-2) fights Bellator Veteran Brian Kelleher (9-5) in a featherweight clash. Smith brings a workman like approach to the cage with some proficient submission skills as well. Smith lost a controversial decision in his last bout with WSoF and looks to get back in the win column against a serious threat. Smith will try to grind out Kelleher over three rounds and use his cardio to push the pace and force Kelleher into making a mistake. If that happens, Smith could end the fight with a variety of chokes or armlock submissions.

Kelleher, who is known to leave it all in the cage every time he steps in, is coming off back to back loses at Bellator 95 & CFFC 27. Kelleher is well rounded with some devastating striking as you can see with 6 of his 9 wins coming via stoppage. Kelleher has carved out a solid reputation on the East Coast as a dangerous 145 lb fighter and he is looking to rebound from a very close loss last time he was in the CFFC cage.

In the co-main event, Paul Holt (1-0) battles Azunna "Zu" Anyanwu (4-2) in a heavyweight shootout. Holt is a monster of a man standing 6'4" and weighting 255 lb. Holt has crushed every opponent he has faced in both pro and amateur competition. This will only be Holt's second pro fight, but the execs at CFFC have a lot of faith in Holt's fighting ability and he has proved in the past that he carries dynamite in both fists and can end a fight with one punch.

Zu can match anyone on the East Coast punch for punch and this fight was made with that idea in mind. Zu is a bit more compact then Holt, but brings an equally dangerous striking game into the bout. Zu also brings a solid grappling game into the cage having tapped out 3 opponents already. Don't blink when these two step in the cage!

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Next up is CFFC 30, with CFFC Bantamweight Gold on the line, this Saturday from Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv!

In the main event, for the CFFC Bantamweight Title, Champion Aljamain Sterling (7-0) fights Joel Roberts (9-4). Sterling won the title in 2011 and this fight will mark more than two years he has held the belt. Sterling is a submission specialist, especially when it comes to attacking the neck of his opponents as Sterling has tapped out three fighters by rear naked choke alone. Sterling comes into the fight riding a wave of confidence and rightfully so as he has been untouchable for a very long time. Having never suffered a defeat and proving that he can go a full five rounds if necessary, he is a tough fight for anyone in the 135 lb division.

Roberts is a grizzled veteran and comes into the championship bout having won a title with a different organization and bringing with him a ridiculous grappling game. Roberts will not wilt under the bright lights and in fact will pour kerosene on this explosive title fight. This will be a fight of two world class MMA athletes and the winner will be the kingpin of the bantamweights on the regional scene. Expect a barnburner as these two won't quit.

In the co-main event, Mike Medrano (11-10) takes on Bellator veteran Darrell "The Saint" Horcher (7-1). Medrano is coming off a 30 second submission victory in his last fight and has earned the respect of the whole East Coast MMA community for his tenacious fighting style and willingness to take on anyone anytime. Medrano's resume reads like a who's who of Northeast stars and Medrano has held his own and then some in these epic battles. Medrano has a very dangerous and aggressive grappling game and he is always looking to end the fight if the action hits the mat. Look for Medrano to speed up that process by going for takedowns early in the fight.

Horcher had a 3-fight stint with Bellator where he went 2-1 and has made a name for himself with his devastating knockout power having KO'd 4 of his previous opponents. Horcher will be looking to make Medrano pay with punches and kicks and this will be a great fight as both fighters are known for going for the finish.

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Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on November 1st & 2nd as "CFFC 29 & 30" both bring down the house on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv. See the established and rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network.

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Ticket Alert!

EFC Gladiators On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for The Darwish Brothers' next epic MMA show: EFC GLADIATORS on Saturday, November 30, at 7:00 pm at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ.

Topped by the return of outspoken EFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Christopher "The Neighborhood Legend" Vallaro (6-2), of Ardon MMA in Brooklyn, taking on undefeated Robert Bodden (2-0) of Spartan Fitness in Deer Park, New York, as well as the long-awaited showdown between brand-new EFC Middleweight Champion Barat Jan of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, New Jersey and Kendrick Mendez (2-1) of Pellegrino Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Belmar, New Jersey, EFC GLADIATORS will be a show for the ages.

Tickets for EFC GLADIATORS are priced at: $45, $65, and $125 Cageside and are on sale now at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

"We are super excited to be back at the Parsippany PAL on Thanksgiving weekend, said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "Last year's event was a super hit at this venue on that weekend, and this show will be just as big if not bigger. Christopher Vallaro is the man to beat right now at light heavyweight in the Tri-State area, people love him and some even love to root against him. And then we have the Barat Jan and Kendrick Mendez fight, which has been a long time in the making. It's finally going down. My brother Wally and I are very proud to be putting it on for the fans."

More exciting match-ups will be announced shortly.

The Parsippany PAL is located at 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout starts at 7 pm.

Those unable to attend can watch the event live via online streaming at www.efcmma.com and gofightlive.com for a price of $9.99. For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.


Snyder V Martin!

This Saturday

"It took me a little longer to grow up," admits Sparta, Michigan, MMA veteran Kameron Snyder. "I've been sober from alcohol for six months on Friday and it's really helped me with my training and dedication. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in."

Snyder (29-14) will need his newly found focus when he takes on his arch rival, Traverse City's Derek Martin (18-8) in a long-awaited grudge match for the Impact Fight League 155-lb Lightweight Championship this Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The highly anticipated battle will serve as the main event of Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit.

"He thinks he's Superman," said Snyder of opponent, Martin. "He thinks he's one of the top fighters in Michigan and he's way too cocky about it. He irritates me. He's been saying I've been running from him for a couple years. A couple times, we were supposed to fight and for different reasons, it didn't happen. He said I was making excuses because I'm scared I'm going to lose. He's about to find out he underestimated me. If he hits me, I'll hit him twice as hard."

Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

20-year-old Snyder has a lot riding on this fight. Not only will it be against his fiercest competitor, but also his final as an amateur mixed martial artist. He has made the decision to turn professional next year.

Helping him prepare are Coach Bowe Vincent from Humble Warriors Fight Team in Cedar Springs, strength and conditioning coach Michael Byle and his team at Monroe Fitness in Grand Rapids and Glen Bailey at American Muscle MMA in Rockford.

"I train two times a day on top of working a 40-hour per week roofing job. Last year, I weighed 185 lbs and now I'm down to 155 by training hard and using that Body by ViSalus product. This is a big fight. We're both good fighters in Michigan and we're both well-known and we have 60 fights put together, easily. It's going to be interesting."

Whatever the outcome this Saturday, Snyder is now winning his most important battle.

"I was caught drinking underage by the police seven times. I wasn't putting in the dedication I should have been. But that's behind me now. I'm happy where I'm at in my life and I've never been as physically and mentally ready as I am right now.


Invicta Fighting Championships!

Dec. 7 On Pay Per View

Integrated Sports Media announced today that it will distribute Invicta Fighting Championships 7, featuring three world title fights, on pay-per-view in North America, Saturday night, December 7, live from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

"We look forward to bringing MMA fans an absolutely loaded Invicta FC 7 card, showcasing the best women fighters in the world," Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs commented. "Integrated Sports Media distributed Invicta's first pay-per-view event - Invicta Fight Championships 6- this past July and it was a major hit, featuring non-stop action and competitive fights from the opening match right through the main event."

Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET - 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95.In addition, viewers may purchase the show at Ustream.TV.

"We are excited about teaming up with Integrated Sports again to deliver an outstanding Invicta Fighting Championships women's world championship tripleheader MMA fight card to a national audience on Pay-Per-View," Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said. "With this event, we are looking to close out Invicta FC's second year of operation in super-strong fashion, with a stacked card featuring an assortment of the best female athletes in our great sport. Our fans are the best in the world and they are going to be treated to some incredible action on December 7."

The stacked, nine-bout event is headlined by an exciting flyweight showdown between reigning Inficta FC champion Barb Honchak (8-2), of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time "Fight of the Night" winner Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (6-3-1), of Pleasanton, California.

The 34-year-old Honchak, a protégé of living legend Pat Miletich, reeled-off her seventh straight victory on July 13, dominating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto to become the first Invicta FC 125-pound champion in history on July 13.

Smith, a dangerous 31-year-old striker, has become a crowd favorite, engaging in all-out slugfests with her opponents on the five Invicta FC cards that she has appeared on. On July 13, competing in her first fight as a flyweight after campaigning as a bantamweight, Smith defeated Jennifer Maia by way of a unanimous three-round decision.

Invicta FC strawweight (115 lbs.) champion Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (9-2), of Redondo Beach (CA), takes on undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha(11-0) in the co-feature.

The 26-year-old Esparza, a student of famed trainer Colin Oyama, will step in the cage for the first time since sustaining a knee injury during training earlier this year. In her last effort at Invicta FC 4 on January 5, she registered a unanimous decision over "Rowdy" Bec Hyatt for her fourth consecutive win.

Unstoppable since turning pro in 2008, Gadelha has improved her striking to go with her outstanding submission game. The 24-year-old fighter will make her second start under the Invicta FC banner having scored an impressive win by third round (3:58) TKO over JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki last July.

In the first-ever Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship bout, KO specialist Lauren Murphy (7-0), of Anchorage, Alaska, meets fellow unbeaten star Miriam Nakamoto(2-0, 1 NC) of Dublin (CA).

Murphy has been perfect, thus far, in the Invicta FC cage, earning back-to-back unanimous decision victories over Kaitlin Young and Sarah "The Monster" D'Alelio on April 5 and July 13, respectively. Prior to her Invicta FC debut, the 30-year-old had scored TKO finishes in all five of her fights.

Veteran Muay Thai champion Nakamoto extended her perfect record at Invicta FC 6, scoring a first round (2:08) TKO on Duda Yankovich off a knee strike and series of punches, earning her "KO of the Night" honors.

Riding a four-fight win streak, Felice "Lil' Bulldog" Herrig(9-4) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois will make her highly-anticipated Invicta FC debut in a strawweight match against unbeaten prospect Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (3-0), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Also fighting on the undercards is Scotland's Joanne Calderwood (7-0) versus Finnish strawweight Katja "Killer Bunny" Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) in a battle of unbeaten; Canadian featherweight (145 lbs.) powerhouse Julia "The Jewel" Budd (5-2) puts her three-fight win streak on the line against fellow Canadian, submission ace Charmaine "Not So Sweet" Tweet (4-3); Cincinnati (OH) flyweight Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) collides with Porto (15-6), who plans to rebound from her aforementioned loss to Honchak; Minneapolis (MN) bantamweight Kelly Kobold (18-3) makes her long-awaited Invicta FC debut against Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger (11-6), fighting out of Odessa, Missouri; two Invicta FC newcomers,New Jersey flyweight Munah "The Perfect Storm" Holland (5-2) and Nina "The Strina" Ansaroff (5-4), of Fort Lauderdale, square-off against each other to round-out the card.


Cage Warriors 62!

Fight Card Update

THE BILL for Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle is taking shape following today’s addition of a further seven bouts – including two women’s bantamweight contests – to the December 7 card.

However, Brett Johns’ first CWFC bantamweight title defence will have to wait until 2014, with the champion forced to withdraw from his clash with James Brum at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena due to injury. A replacement opponent is now being lined up for Brum, but it’s hoped that Johns will be fit to put his belt up for grabs early next year.

Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle, which will see Neil Seery defend his CWFC flyweight strap against Ulysses Gomez, will also feature the CWFC debut of local star Curt Warburton, after it was announced yesterday that he has signed an exclusive deal with the promotion. Warburton’s opponent will be revealed in due course.

Elsewhere, after his split decision loss to Brett Johns in the final of the CWFC bantamweight title tournament in Cardiff last month, 21-year-old Jordan Desborough will return to action on December 7 to take on the highly-touted Cory Tait, who recently signed exclusively to CWFC.

In middleweight action, Leeroy Barnes will be keen to return to winning ways against Irish veteran Ronan McKay, who holds notable victories over Cathal Pendred, Lee Chadwick and Henry Fadipe. Meanwhile, Chris Scott will also go in search of his first Cage Warriors win against Steve Dinsdale, who returns to the 185lbs division after a short stint at welterweight.

An exciting featherweight bout will see Danny Lawson aim to get his Cage Warriors career off to a successful start against Alex Enlund, who impressively disposed of Sebastian Romanowski at CWFC 58 in August. That bout will be preceded by the meeting of flyweights Shaj Haque and Mark Connor, both of whom will be eager to rebound from losses in their most recent CWFC outings.

In women’s bantamweight action, 18-year-old prospect Agnieszka Niedzwiedz will take on Kerry Hughes, while Commonwealth judo silver medallist Emma Delaney will face TUF 18 contestant Laura Howarth.


Cage Warriors!

Signs John ‘The One’ Maguire

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the addition of John ‘The One’ Maguire to its roster.

The English lightweight has committed his immediate future to the promotion by penning a five-fight deal to cover a minimum period of 18 months.

Maguire (18-6) will make his CWFC debut against a soon-to-be-announced opponent on New Year’s Eve at Cage Warriors 63 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.

A native of Cambridgeshire, the 30-year-old joins Cage Warriors on the back of a five-fight stint with the UFC, during which he picked up wins over Justin Edwards and DaMarques Johnson while competing at welterweight.

Currently sixth in the UK’s lightweight rankings, Maguire is promising to go all the way to the top of the Cage Warriors 155lbs division.

He said: “I’m really happy to be joining Cage Warriors. I think it’s the best promotion in Europe and that’s where I need to be. It has the best lightweight roster around and I’m here to clear it up.

“Make no mistake; I’m here for one reason and one reason only – to be the best. Gypsy jiu-jitsu is coming to Cage Warriors. So come on Cage Warriors lightweights, who wants the first shot at ‘The One’?”

Maguire, who has been stopped just once in his career, made his professional MMA debut in April 2006 and has clocked up other notable wins over the likes of Michael Pastou, Jake Bostwick, Wayne Murrie and Dean Amasinger.

“John Maguire is a hugely talented fighter and one of the very best in Europe,” said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. “That’s why he’ll feel at home at Cage Warriors, where there’ll be plenty of big fights for him to keep his career moving in the right direction.”


Cage Warriors!

Signs Curt Warburton

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship has today welcomed Curt Warburton to its lightweight division.

Warburton (12-4) has signed a five-fight deal with CWFC, which will commit him exclusively to the promotion for a minimum period of 18 months, starting with Cage Warriors 62 in Newcastle on December 7, when the 32-year-old will debut against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.

Hailing from Durham in the north-east of England, Warburton holds notable victories over the likes of UFC star Ross Pearson, current CWFC champion Stevie Ray, top 10-ranked UK lightweight Tim Newman and Maciej Jewtuszko, whom he defeated at UFC 127.

“Cage Warriors is growing all the time and joining them is the right move for my career,” said Warburton, who’s currently the highest-ranked UK lightweight outside the UFC.

“This deal guarantees me five fights over the next 18 months and the opportunity to fight at home and around the world against some of the best lightweights on the planet. I’d like to thank my management - Elite MMA Agency - and Cage Warriors for making this possible.”

Warburton began his professional career in 2007 and put together a 6-1 streak that saw him snapped up by the UFC, for whom a three-fight stint ended after a loss to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

However, he rebounded in impressive fashion with five consecutive wins to reassert himself as one of the top lightweights in Europe.

After a recent spell with another UK-based promotion, Warburton opted against renewing his deal, deciding instead to make the step-up to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship following an approach to the promotion by the fighter’s management.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: “I’m very pleased to have Curt Warburton on the Cage Warriors roster. He’s shown his ambition by making an upward move like this and I think he’ll be rewarded for that as, in my opinion, his best years are still ahead.”


Ray V Buchinger!

Cage Warriors 63

CWFC lightweight champion Stevie Ray is to make the first defence of his belt this coming New Year’s Eve.

The Scotsman will take on Ivan Buchinger at The Helix in the Irish capital of Dublin on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. A women’s atomweight bout between Catherine Costigan and Elodie Puget has also been added to the card.

Ray (14-4) captured the title after emerging victorious from CWFC’s four-man lightweight tournament at Cage Warriors 60 in London earlier this month, courtesy of wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter.

The 23-year-old joins fellow Scot and Dinky Ninjas stablemate Graham Turner on the card for the year-ending event, with Turner booked to challenge Jim Alers for the CWFC featherweight strap.

“I’m very excited to be defending my belt on New Year’s Eve at what looks set to be the biggest Cage Warriors event of the year,” said Ray, who has taken 11 of his 14 wins inside the distance.

“I wanted Buchinger next as he should have been in the tournament final, so I want to show everybody that the result would have been the same anyway. I respect him but the belt will be coming back to Scotland with me.”

Buchinger (24-4) had been due to meet Ray in that Cage Warriors 60 tournament decider but was forced to withdraw after sustaining a rib injury during his semi-final triumph over Mick Sinclair.

The 27-year-old Slovak returns to Dublin on New Year’s Eve following a 3-0 streak this year, as he rebounded impressively from his loss to Conor McGregor on the same date at The Helix in 2012.

Buchinger said: “I’m glad to be getting the shot at the belt that I earned at Cage Warriors 60 and I’m looking forward to coming back to Dublin to try to make amends for my last fight there.

“Steven Ray is a deserving champion but I am determined to take that belt from him on New Year’s Eve. I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

Also in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, the CWFC women’s 105lbs division will launch with the meeting of Irish fighter Catherine Costigan (2-0) and France’s Elodie Puget (1-1), with both women aiming to make a successful start to life under the Cage Warriors banner.


Win Free "Shinobi War" Tickets!

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships are giving away FOUR complimentary tickets away each week during the lead up to their debut show “Shinobi War.”

To enter the competition fans need to log into Facebook then ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ the Shinobi MMA Fighting Championship Facebook page.

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is set to bring the best up and coming amateur talent from across the region together in an all action amateur MMA event. The production and setup of the show promises to be like nothing that has gone before; providing fighters and fans alike with an unique and unforgettable experience.

Shinobi War will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at the Deeside Leisure Centre.

If you are not lucky enough to be a winner then tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships!

Add Four Fights To Show

The UK's newest amateur MMA promotion, Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships, has revealed four fights that will form part of their debut card entitled "Shinobi War."

Mark Sutton has a record of 1-1 and is the head coach at Next Level MMA. He has a strong Muay Thai background and will feel that he has the advantage in the stand-up. Tom White has a record of 0-1 and fights out of Beyond Black Belt in Burton-on-Trent.

Wayne Hughes will be making his MMA debut against Reece Phillips in a featherweight bout. Hughes fights of the HFFS gym in Deeside and will be looking to make an impression on his home show. Reece holds a record of 1-0 and like Tom White hails from the Beyond Black Belt gym. He will be looking to silence the home crowd and extend his good start to MMA.

Chris Barlow and Tony Hristov will be both be making their MMA debut at Shinobi War. Barlow and Hristov fight out of Next Level MMA and Silverback MMA respectively and will both be looking to get off to a good start in their MMA careers.

Paul Jackson trains at HFFS and will be hoping home advantage works in his favour when takes on River O'Callaghan from Silverback MMA; in what will be a debut for both fighters.

Tickets for the Shinobi War can be purchased direct from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


Angie Jennings!

Going for MMA Championship This Saturday

A year ago, Flint, Michigan's Angie Jennings probably wasn't expecting to be in the position in which she currently finds herself.

Jennings will face Tecumseh, Michigan, kickboxer Katelyn Dykas for Impact Fight League Women's Flyweight Championship this Saturday, November 2, 2013, in one of the featured bouts at the Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit.

Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

"I went through a relationship break-up and my life changed a lot," she explained. "I wanted to fight for years, and then I went to watch a friend fight and that was the first time I saw it live. I immediately called my dad and said 'I gotta do this! As soon as I got home, I looked for a gym and found Andre Garcia at Ultimate Fighting Academy in Flint."

A born athlete, the 23-year-old Linden, Michigan, native played every sport in high school and even dabbled in MMA training for a short time, but the break-up and a need for change was the catalyst to the remarkable transformation.

"I'm pretty excited," she admitted. "I've only been training for a year and fighting for six months. My first fight was at Joe Louis Arena on May 18 of this year, on less than 24 hours' notice. This is the first belt I've fought for and my sixth fight. And this is one of my first fights that was scheduled ahead of time. Mostly I find out I'm fighting a day to a week in advance."

Jennings says she doesn't know much about her opponent, Dykas, but isn't worried.

"All I know is she's a striker. I've fought strikers before. Most of my opponents have been very well-rounded. So I just prepare for everything. I will gauge her within the first 30 to 60 seconds and take it from there. I don't know how the fight will go, but I picture myself with my hand raised at the end."

Jennings trains twice a day and waitresses, part-time, at Teaser's of Flint, Michigan (who also sponsor her fighting career). She describes her greatest fighting asset as her speed.

"I have been called a jackrabbit. I'm very quick to react and fast on my feet. I'm pretty well-rounded, but my favorite way to fight is ground-and-pound."

And so, here she is. A year later and, while the boyfriend is long gone, Jennings is deep into a new lifestyle and career she says will someday lead her to try for a spot in the UFC.

"Winning this title would mean the world to me. Joe Donofrio is my favorite promoter to fight for and there are lots of talented fighters on the card and it's at such a big venue. I can't wait."


Katelyn Dykas!

Q&A

Tecumseh, Michigan, kickboxer Katelyn Dykas will go for her first MMA title against her toughest opponent to date this Saturday, November 2, 2013, when she takes on Flint's Angie Jennings.

The pair will meet for the Impact Fight League Women's Flyweight Championship in one of the featured bouts at the Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit.

Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

Q- How long have you been fighting?

KD- I started fighting when I was 18, my freshman year of college

Q- What made you start fighting?

KD- I loved playing sports throughout high school and always wanted to challenge myself. That's when I found this sport.

Q- What would a victory on Nov. 2nd mean for you?

KD- Winning this belt will mean that I'm headed in the right direction of what I want to accomplish. Getting closer to my goals of being a professional fighter.

Q- What are your goals as a MMA fighter?

KD- As a whole I want to become a professional and fight in the UFC one day.

Q- Where do you train?

KD- I currently train at The Training Compound for MMA and the Institute of Mixed Martial Arts for kickboxing.

Q- What do you have outside of MMA?

I'm in my fourth year of college and have been on the dean's list throughout college. I obtained my EMT license and work as an EMT where I'm from.

Q- What's one thing about you, that impresses you the most?

KD- That I'm able to find a balance between training and college and remain successful at both.


World Series Of Fighting!

Launches WSOF Japan

The World Series of Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan).

World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most historically important organizations in the sport.

"Japan has long been a home of top-level martial arts competitions of all types, and I personally have enjoyed some of the best moments of my fighting career there," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "I'm excited to announce this new division with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan.

"I look forward to working with Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai and his team, and together we will produce amazing events for the Japanese fight fans, as well as big opportunities for both Asia-based fighters and MMA fighters around the globe."

The first World Series of Fighting Japan event is expected to take place in early 2014. The relationship will allow fighters from both sides of the Pacific Ocean to be featured in fight cards in both the U.S. and Japan, including recent World Series of Fighting addition Yushin "Thunder" Okami (29-8), one of the world's top-ranked middleweights.

The launch of World Series of Fighting Japan marks the second international branch of the WSOF brand to be announced in the past month alone, as World Series of Fighting Canada is set for a Dec. 7 debut. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Shinobi MMA!

Signs Up With MMA Officials

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships has signed up with MMA Officials for their upcoming debut show on Saturday 23rd November 2013. MMA Officials are the leading provider of professional MMA officials and this partnership underlines Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships’ intent on running a professional show.

MMA Officials will be providing the promotion with a full team of MMA Officials for their debut show. This includes:

2 x Referee

3 x Judges

1 x Time Keeper

Neil Hall (MMA Officials and UFC referee) said, “I am very pleased to announce that MMA Officials will be working with Ian Munzbergers Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships. The decision came about after in depth conversations with Ian, it is clear that this new Promotion is determined to offer a professionally run event dedicated to serious Amateur MMA Fighters. It is refreshing to speak to a Promoter whose main interest is the welfare of the fighters and to give them the best possible platform to showcase their skills and invest in the best resources to achieve this. I am looking forward to working alongside Shinobi with my MMA Officials Team, we anticipate this to be a very well-run event and to generate a lot of interest. The Promotion promises to set the highest standards and to give the fighters the best opportunities. I am pleased to be asked to be involved from the start and to be able to witness the development and future success of this exciting new Promotion, Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships!”

Tickets for the Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships’ debut show entitled “Shinobi War” are now on sale. Shinobi War will take place at the Deeside Leisure Centre on Saturday 2nd November 2013. The card will be loaded with some of the best young amateur MMA fighters from across the region. Details of the fight card will be announced soon.

Tickets for the show can be purchased direct from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)*

*VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 6!

Results

Steve Carl pushed himself to the limits, and he walked away as World Series of Fighting's first-ever champion.

Battling through injuries that hampered his final weeks of preparation, an exhausted Carl choked out resilient challenger Josh Burkman to claim the promotion's inaugural welterweight belt.

The two squared off in the main event of Saturday's "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl," which took place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. and aired live on NBCSN.

Carl and Burkman wasted little time in getting to work, as each looked to attack from the opening bell. It was Burkman who took the upper-hand with an early takedown, but Carl worked hard to defend underneath.

As the fight wore on, both men enjoyed moments of success on the floor. Each had submission attempts that seemed destined to end the fight, but neither opponent would go away quite so easily. But as the bout entered the championship rounds, Carl emerged as the better fighter.

As the two grappled yet again, Carl went willingly to his back, where he locked in a tight triangle choke. Burkman tried hard to escape but was ultimately choked out at the 1:02 mark of the fourth frame. With the win, Carl claimed the first championship belt ever awarded by World Series of Fighting, but admitted he was capable of more.

"I felt like I could have performed a lot better, but there's something not a lot of people know," Carl said after the win. "Two weeks ago I was in the emergency room with torn muscles and a bulging disc in my back, unable to walk. My last two weeks have been nothing but rest and rehab to get here. I was bound and determined to take this fight, and I'm not really happy with my performance.

"I was so tired I wanted to quit there a couple times. Josh is a really game opponent, and he kept bringing it. Honestly, I didn't think I could do it for a while. My cornermen just kept pushing me through it, and here we are. We did it."

Carl (21-3) now boasts an impressive seven-fight win streak. Burkman (26-10) sees a five-fight win streak snapped, but will no doubt remain a top contender for the promotion.

In the night's co-feature, Marlon Moraes earned his fourth World Series of Fighting victory with an impressive first-round finish of Carson Beebe.

With Beebe rushing forward for the takedown, Moraes defended the efforts while rattling off powerful punches. A few early uppercuts left Beebe rattled, and a massive left hook sent him toppling to the floor. Moraes pounced with a few short punches to finish the deal, and the bout was stopped after just 32 seconds.

Afterward, Moraes said Beebe's wrestling skills also made him a vulnerable target.

"He's a wrestler," Moraes said. "He came hard to take me down, but I was ready. He was too close to try to take me down. I could hit him with some punches."

Moraes (12-4-1) is now a perfect 4-0 for World Series of Fighting and would appear to be in line to challenge for the company's first bantamweight belt. Beebe (14-3) falls to 1-2 in his past three appearances.

Welterweight contender Jon Fitch is no stranger to adversity, but he once again proved his heart in a gritty, three-round war with Marcelo Alfaya.

While Fitch (25-6-1) was heavily favored heading into the matchup, underdog Alfaya (15-7) pushed forward from the opening bell, bringing the fight to the floor and outgrappling Fitch, a vaunted wrestling ace. Alfaya tried to repeat the performance in the second before Fitch escaped to the feet and turned to his striking to shift the momentum. It was a wise decision.

After a tightly contested second frame, Fitch took over in the third, outworking Alfaya by defending takedowns and snapping his head back with several stiff strikes. It was clear Fitch took the final round, but the result of the fight remained in doubt until the judges' scores were read.

Two of three judges sided with Fitch, and he was awarded a split-decision win. Afterward, he said he was confident he'd done enough to take home the win.

"I was fairly confident I did enough," Fitch said. "I did a lot of damage, a lot of striking, a lot of stuff on top. He was able to control a lot of positions on me, which I wasn't expecting. He was really strong, but I don't think it was enough to win a fight."

In the night's first main-card matchup, lightweight Justin Gaethje shed the "prospect" tag in favor of a "contender" label with a brutal stoppage of durable veteran Dan Lauzon.

Gaethje and Lauzon engaged from the opening bell, but by the end of the first round, a dizzying barrage of leg kicks left Lauzon hobbling. He switched stances in the second, but Gaethje simply chopped away at the other limb before scoring two huge right hands that send Lauzon to the floor. Another punch on the floor sealed the TKO win at the 1:40 mark.

After the win, Gaethje said Lauzon's lack of movement led to his demise.

"My strategy is always to work hard; I take the opportunities I get," Gaethje said. "I definitely saw him planting his feet, so yeah, I was trying to tee off on that leg."

Gaethje (10-0), who remains perfect for his career, is now 3-0 under the World Series of Fighting banner and may soon contend for the promotion's inaugural lightweight belt. Lauzon (17-5) sees a five-fight winning streak snapped.

In the headlining attraction of the preliminary card, the unheralded Pablo Alfonso took advantage of the biggest opportunity in his career, wobbling and submitting former WEC champion Miguel Torres in impressive fashion.

Alfonso blitzed Torres in the early going and rocked him with a quick flurry of punches, including a pair of uppercuts that landed flush. As Torres hit the floor, Alfonso passed on an opportunity to look for a submission, choosing instead to try and strike his way to the win. Torres briefly recovered, but Alfonso (9-5) stayed on the attack and worked in a guillotine choke. With the hold tightening, Torres (40-7) tried desperately to pull free but was ultimately forced to tap out at the 3:05 mark of the first.

Thirteen-year MMA veteran Luiz Firmino has faced a who's who list of opponents, but he picked up one of the most important wins of his career with a decision over fellow lightweight Jacob Volkmann.

The two grappling specialists relied heavily on their wrestling games, with Firmino perhaps surprisingly getting the best of the takedowns in the early going. Volkmann struggled to shift the momentum throughout the tedious three-round affair, but Firmino kept establishing top position and earning points with the judges, eventually taking a unanimous-decision win over Volkmann (16-5), 29-28 on all three judges' cards.

In a grappling-heavy catchweight contest, Chad Robichaux used a non-stop submission attack to tap out a previously undefeated Andrew Yates.

Robichaux looked to end the fight early, latching on to a guillotine choke in the opening seconds and later transitioning to a triangle. However, Yates survived each hold, eventually slamming Robichaux to the canvas, and crawled back to his feet. Unfortunately, he remained in hot water for the entirety of the round.

Robichaux (13-2) continued the assault in the second, and while Yates (7-1) continued to flash impressive defense, "Robo" nailed a beautiful sweep from the bottom to turn over and lock in a north-south choke, putting "The Golden Boy" to sleep with 51 seconds left in the round.

In an early barnburner, 23-year-old Josh Rettinghouse scored an upset win over Olympic wrestling medalist Alexis Vila.

The taller Rettinghouse also flashed impressive speed, as he moved in and out of Vila's range and delivered both punches and kicks to all levels. Meanwhile, the powerful Vila walked confidently forward and threw heavy leather, constantly hunting for the knockout. After back-and-forth action in the first two rounds, Vila took over in the third. An early takedown scored points, as did a few knees on the floor. Rettinghouse worked back to his feet and looked to strike, but Vila's grappling scored him two more takedowns.

A gutsy Rettinghouse (10-2) flurried in the final minute and pressed until the final bell of the spirited contest. In the end, judges felt he had done enough to take home the win, as he was awarded a unanimous-decision win over Vila (13-4) with scores of 29-28 on all three judges' cards.

In early featherweight action, undefeated prospect Nick LoBosco (7-0) announced himself as a fighter to watch with a brutal first-round knockout of veteran Fabio Mello (11-7). After a brief feeling out process, LoBosco launched a high kick that landed flush and sent Mello to the floor. From there, LoBosco pounced with massive right hands that finished the job at the 2:02 mark of the first round.

In the night's first fight, grappling ace Alexandre Pimentel (13-1) submitted a game Jade Porter (9-4) in the third frame. While Porter showed excellent submission defense throughout the fight, Pimentel finally worked to the back in the third round. While he was unable to finish with a rear-naked choke, he instead transitioned beautifully to a triangle choke earning the tap at the 3:05 mark of the final round.

In a walkout bout, Hans Stringer (21-5-3) and Francisco France (8-3-1) battled their way to a draw. Stringer, who trains with the Blackzillians, had a point deducted from him after he caught France with a low blow for the second time.


Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships!

COMING SOON

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships is a new MMA promotion located in Deeside, North Wales. The promotion will be primarily be focusing on and developing amateur MMA fighters. The promotion will be committed to providing a unique platform to showcase some of the UK's most exciting and entertaining MMA prospects.

The promotion has formed a committed and talented team intent on making this the best amateur MMA promotion in the UK. Team Shinobi are aiming to provide an experience for fighters and fans like no other through a no expense spared production. Furthermore, fighters will be able to earn bonus money which is unheard of in amateur MMA.

Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships has found a home at Deeside Leisure Centre and their debut show will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2013. The venue has capacity of 1000 persons and car parking is available onsite. Refreshments will be available on the night in addition to MMA clothing, equipment and sports nutrition stalls offering a variety of items for sale.

Ian Munzberger (Managing Director) said, "We are here to host events that you really won't want to miss. Events that will make you want to come back for more. We are fight fans first and foremost. We are passionate about MMA and in particular UKMMA. We have some of the best prospects in the world. How could we not get excited about showcasing them."

Tickets for the Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships’ debut show entitled "Shinobi War" are now on sale. Shinobi War will take place at the Deeside Leisure Centre on Saturday 2nd November 2013. The card will be loaded with some of the best young amateur MMA fighters from across the region. Details of the fight card will be announced soon.

Tickets for the show can be purchased direct from the following outlets:

Deeside Leisure Centre (0845 603 2121)

Core Fitness Centre Cheshire Oaks (0151 356 4545) www.corefitnesscentre.com

Health Fitness Fight Solutions (01244 288 573) www.hffsolutions.co.uk

Tickets Prices

£25 – Standard Seats

£50 – VIP Seats

£75 – VIP Tables (10 person per table)

VIP Tables include food, drink and waitress service


WEIGH IN ALERT!

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 6

World Series of Fighting 6 main event fighters Josh Burkman and Steve Carl both weighed in at exactly 169.6 pounds at the official Weigh-In for the inaugural WSOF Welterweight World Championship title, which will take place on Saturday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

The live two-hour NBC Sports Network telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website at www.WSOF.com at 6 p.m. ET and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

Burkman (26-9) leaned over and whispered something to Carl (20-3) during their faceoff for photographers. "He just said he was glad it was me he was facing and that I deserved this shot," Carl said.

"I have a lot of respect for him and he deserves to be here more than anyone," said Burkman. "This is the biggest fight I've ever had to fight for the inaugural belt in the World Series of Fighting. It's a big night for both of us."

Following are the weights from Friday's Weigh-In:

JOSH BURKMAN 169.6 lbs. VS. STEVE CARL169.6 lbs.

MARLON MORAES 136 lbs. VS. CARSON BEEBE 136 lbs

JON FITCH 170.4 lbs. VS. MARCELO ALFAYA172 lbs.

JUSTIN GAETHJE 155.8 lbs. VS. DAN LAUZON 158 lbs.

PABLO ALFONSO 145.4 lbs. VS. MIGUEL TORRES 145.2 lbs.

HANS STRINGER 205 lbs. VS. FRANCISCO FRANCE 204.4 lbs.

LUIZ FIRMINO 156 lbs. VS. JACOB VOLKMAN 155.4 lbs.

CHAD ROBICHAUX 134.4 lbs. VS. ANDREW YATES 140.4 lbs.

ALEXIS VILA 135.6 lbs. VS. JOSH RETTINGHOUSE 135.8 lbs.

FABIO MELLO 145.6 lbs. VS. NICK LOBOSCO 145.4 lbs.

ALEXANDRE PIMENTEL 146.2 lbs. VS. JADE PORTER 145.8 lbs.


BAMMA USA!

LIVE Tonight On GFL.tv

Brett Roberts:

On building fighters:

"That's our whole model basically. Every once in a while we will bring in ex UFC guys or guys that have been in bigger shows every now and again. Our whole focus is to bring up that talent we have in our backyard here in California so that is important to me as the matchmaker, as the promoter, as the CEO of the company to emphasize our growth. Not only are we growing but so is our fighters. That is how we see ourselves growing to be one of the best in hopefully the United States and be one of the biggest organizations in the world as a feeder system for the bigger shows."

On BAMMA USA's 1st WMMA fight

"The girl fight between Rachael Cummins & Michele Guiterrez that is really going to be an awesome fight. Michele is really coming to make a statement tonight after being ridiculed a little bit in the social media world. I think she is going to do really well"

On John Hackleman Jr.'s debut

"John Hackleman Jr debut fight is shaping up to be another awesome fight."

On Medhi Baghdad stepping in for Lightweight Champ Ernest Chavez

"We are stoked we could replace "EJ" with a solid fighter."

"When a fight falls out we are not going to take a step or back. We are going to stay parallel to where we are or take a step or two forward. This place is going to rock."

"Mehdi (Baghdad) has a ton of followers, a ton of students, and he is going to bring a huge crowd himself on only 48 hours notice."

Paul Karsky

"I think it's a good fight. I'm 6'6" he is 6'8" so the height advantage isn't really a big deal for me. I've fought big guys my whole career."

"I think people make big mistakes by looking at records instead of the fighter."

"Like Jack May said in an interview that I have experience losing. Yea I do and I'm not afraid to lose. I am going in there because God gives me the ability to compete still. If i go in there win, lose or draw and fight my heart out, whatever happens happens. I am definitely not afraid to lose and definitely not afraid to win. I've beaten some of the best guys in the world and lost to some of the sh*ttiest guys in the world. Anything can happen. The fight is 50-50."

Michele Guiterrez

"I definitely feel that I have the experience edge. Just being in there and going the rounds, 5 minute rounds. I definitely have that I have been fighting for 10 years. In MMA, that doesn't really matter at all. It takes 1 wrong move. Submissions happen, knockouts happen so I think your right about the styles and stuff. i think it's a good match."

"I think the fans are going to like it as well. I just pray to God she doesn't sit there and try to get me down the whole time. You know people start booing. I really hope that doesn't happen. I hope she stays standing with me for a little bit and we can put on a good show so that next time BAMMA has more girls on the card."

Rachael Cummins

"I think people will notice that my footwork and hands will be better. My ground is getting better every day of course my favorite. I favor the ground. I like standing up a lot too. A lot of fights go to the ground even in the women's field. There is not a lot of big time strikers if you really look."

"I have been working mostly striking in this fight, so I am going to be well prepared for her."

Dionisio Ramirez

"I am on a 3 fight winning streak. They were all stoppages. 2 of them were in the 1st round then the last one i had was in the 2nd. To tell you you a little bit more about myself. The fights before them i was on a 2 fight losing streak and I believe it was cause where I was at in my life. I would drink a lot and do things a fighter shouldn't do. I am the total opposite of what i was and it's definitely showing."

"I felt like I was really prepared for "EJ" but things happened. I just found out two days ago that they switched my opponent."

"If you look a little into his background he is a real good guy (Baghdad). He has traveled all over the world. I believe he was a Muay Thai champion in 2012. he is fighting out of Team Quest and he has been here about 2 or 3 years."

"He is well seasoned. he is tall and long. He is the exact opposite of what type of fighter "EJ" is."


XFE 28!

LIVE On GFL.tv

XFE returns this Friday night from the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA to bring you XFE 28 LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv!

In the main event, UFC veteran Carmelo Marrero (14-5) will square off with underdog Shelton "The Gravedigger" Graves (2-2).

According to promoter David Feldman, "The Gravedigger" is a very live underdog. "On paper this fight may not look like it is a great match up with Graves only having 4 pro fights against 19 for Marrero. This one has all of the makings for a war. Graves has never been more confident and Marrero wants his place back in the UFC. Don't Blink for this fight!"

Carmelo Marrero shares some of the same sentiments as Feldman, he does not feel his overwhelming experience will play a huge part. "A fight is a fight. At heavyweight the rules change. One punch from a big man can change a game plan very quickly" explained Marrero.

Whether the fight stays standing up or goes to the ground Marrero is prepared. "I don't even think about it, I like fights to be organic. I will take him down if I have to but I am comfortable standing for 15 minutes" states Marrero.

Some of the other fights to watch out for on the card are Brett Martinez vs Myron Baker, Darnell Hayes vs. Mike Baresse, and Brian Jackson vs Dean Lavin according to promoter David Feldman.

This is event will be held at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. Tickets will be available at the door.

Also the event is sponsored by Rocco's Collision, Sotto Santi Pizzeria Pub and Sands Casino. Also the event will be streamed LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv! Order once & re watch for LIFE on GFL OnDemand!


World Series Of fighting!

Unveils Inaugural Championship Belt

On Saturday night, World Series of Fighting crowns its first-ever champion, and today the promotion revealed the prize for which they'll be competing.

Custom-designed by A.J. LaFons, the World Series of Fighting championship belt features more than 43 carats of genuine ruby, diamond, emerald, sapphire and red garnet and weighs in at a total of 10 pounds, 7 ounces.

The two-tone effect on the plates was accomplished by nickel-plating each layer of the details before gold-plating the highlights by hand.

"We wanted to make sure our championship belt was reflective of our commitment to excellence," World Series of Fighting President Way Sefo said. "We've been working in the background for more than a year on the design of this belt, and we feel like we got it right. On Saturday night, I feel confident that either Josh Burkman or Steve Carl will be proud of the belt they receive as recognition of their accomplishment as our first-ever welterweight champion."

Burkman and Carl's title bout headlines Saturday's "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" event, which takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the evening's main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

A former master model maker for Jostens, LaFons had never before designed a championship belt. However, a self-professed MMA fan, he lobbied World Series of Fighting executives for the opportunity to commission the company's first title. While he admits it it was even more of an undertaking than he initially imagined, LaFons said the opportunity to unveil the belt to the World Series of Fighting athletes made it all worthwhile.

"These fighters all tell me that the thing they live for is this belt, so I wanted them to all love it," LaFons said. "Every one of them that got to see it today loves it. They're all looking forward to winning one, so that made me feel good."


World Series Of fighting!

Conference Call Highlights

World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call on Monday with "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" headliners Josh Burkman (26-9) and Steve Carl (20-3), as well as main-card competitors Marlon Moraes (11-4-1), Carson Beebe (14-2), Jon Fitch (24-6-1), Marcelo Alfaya (15-4), and preliminary card headliner Miguel Angel Torres (40-6).

"World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at BankUnited Center at UM in Coral Gables, FL. The evening's four-fight main card airs live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The following are fighter highlights from the conference call:

RAY SEFO:

"I'm super-excited about the event, but mostly I'm very excited for Josh Burkman and Steve Carl, as this fight will be our first world title. I'm very excited about that. We've got some great fighters on the card, and I look forward to an exciting show."

JOSH BURKMAN:

"My camp went really well. I'm excited for this because I was a part of the very first World Series of Fighting, and I'm excited to be a part of the first title shot. I'm looking forward to the challenge that Steve Carl presents, but I'm more prepared than ever for this fight. I know it's going to be an entertaining card and a good show."

(At 8-1 in your past nine fights, what do you credit for your recent success?)

"After the UFC, by taking that year off, I really just changed my lifestyle. I had a back injury, and I was told by three different surgeons that I should get surgery and I shouldn't fight anymore. I had a herniated disc in my neck. I had four bulging discs in my back. I had arthritis, and I had nerve damage. Taking that year off, I had to change everything I did about my diet. I quit drinking. I quit going out. I started going to bed earlier. I really just changed my whole life."

(What would a title win mean for you?)

"I think it will be a feeling of accomplishment. Any time that you have something taken away from you and people tell you you shouldn't do it and you change your life and live a way that you can come back and get healthy, I think winning a championship would complete that comeback. It's just a great sense of accomplishment, and moving forward, I would be proud to represent this organization."

STEVE CARL:

"I'm super-excited for this event. I'm not only really excited to fight for the title and to be able to fight Josh Burkman in the main event, but I'm excited for the rest of the card, also. I'm really looking forward to watching some of these matchups. I just can't wait for this weekend, and the colder it gets up here in Iowa, the more excited I get to leave and go down there to Miami."

(Do you feel like you're being at all overlooked coming into this fight?)

"I'm good with the way things are going. I think if people are looking at this thinking Josh Burkman is getting more hype and more credit going into this fight, well he deserves it. Look at the three wins he just put together. Josh Burkman is coming into this fight as a favorite, and I'm completely OK with that. That's fine with me because at the end of the day, I'm still going to be that cage with him, and I'm still going to be in that fight. No matter what anybody says, he still has to beat me, and I still have to beat him, and that's the bottom line."

(What were your initial reactions to receiving the matchup?)

"When they told me about it, I was super-excited. I have wanted to fight Josh Burkman since last year when we fought on World Series of Fighting 1. He was on a roll, and he was just climbing the world rankings. That's what I want to do. Since then, Josh Burkman has really shot up there, and now he's considered to be one of the best in the world, and I can't be more excited to want to compete with him."

MARLON MORAES:

"I'm ready. I trained harder than ever, and I'm looking forward to it. This is a great opportunity. My opponent is a tough guy. You look at the fights and see Josh Burkman, Steve Carl, Jon Fitch, Marcelo Alfaya, Miguel Torres - all those guys fighting on the same card - for me, it's a pleasure. I've spent hours watching those guys, and now I'm here fighting."

(You had a few injuries in your last fight. Are you fully recovered?)

"I'm feeling great. My body is all recovered. I got hurt a little bit, but I'm ready 110 percent."

CARSON BEEBE:

"It's a huge honor being on the card. I'm fighting a very top-tier opponent. Just to be on the same card as all these guys on here, it's a bunch of legends on the show, so I just want to say thanks to World Series of Fighting and Ray Sefo for giving me an opportunity to go out there and put on a great show. I'm going to give it everything I've got in the cage on Saturday night."

(How has your preparation been for this fight?)

"This is going to be probably the biggest fight of my career, so I've been training that way, and I'm ready to bring it. I think it's going to be a fight that's worthy of co-main event status, so I'm excited."

JON FITCH:

"I'm super-pumped for the fight. The whole card is stacked all the way through. World Series of Fighting is doing an outstanding job with putting on these cards and these shows. NBC Sports Network is a fantastic platform for doing good numbers on the live shows and the replays. The organization is only going to keep growing and keep getting stronger. The guys on the undercard are going to start being main-card guys, and everybody is going to know who they are. I'm excited to be a part of this, and I'm excited to help along with this growth. I can't wait for this fight. I know Marcelo is going to bring it, and it's going to be a hell of a fight."

(With your recent loss, is there more pressure now to win?)

"I always feel that I need to win. I wouldn't be in this sport if I didn't feel I needed to win every single fight. I want to go out there and perform well, perform the way I can, and put myself in a position to get even bigger fights in the future."

MARCELO ALFAYA:

"I'm excited for this fight. I'm training hard. Jon Fitch is a tough guy. Thank you so much to World Series of Fighting for giving me this opportunity. Thank you Jon Fitch for taking this fight. I think it's going to be one great fight."

MIGUEL ANGEL TORRES:

"I'm happy to be on the card for World Series of Fighting 6. I'm happy they were able to get me on. I've been in this sport 15 years, and I've seen a lot of organizations and I've fought for a lot of different places, and they're one of the organizations that are growing. They're going to get to the top, and I'm happy I can be a part of that process. Preparations have gone very well for this fight. I'm looking to get back in there and get some respect - get back to the top where I was before."

(Where have you been during this long layoff?)

"I've been real busy since the last World Series of Fighting. My lease was up on my gym. I had a gym in Hammond, Ind., and I went back and was doing my taxes, and I saw how crazy my overhead was. So I had to make a change if I wanted to sustain profits in my gym. So I had look for a new location, and I found a spot close to my home. My daughter was starting was school, so I wanted to make sure that I was around for that. And as I was doing the move to the gym, I found out it was riddled with mold crawling all through the installation, so I had to basically do a lot of work to remodel the whole gym. So basically the whole summer I spent training and doing carpentry work and laying down a new floor for the new gym. I made that move in July, and then I started training again in August. I got the call from World Series of Fighting to come back and take a fight, and I want to get back in there and start fighting again. I've been out for a while, and I missed it. I just can't wait to get back in there and show what I can do."


Seery V Gomez!

Cage Warriors 62

The Irishman's first title defence will be against Ulysses Gomez when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship heads to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

The meeting will be one of two title bouts on the night, with CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns already booked for a clash with James Brum in the north-east of England.

Seery (13-9) made history at Cage Warriors 55 in his native Dublin back in June, when he submitted Mikael Silander to become CWFC's first ever flyweight champion.

The win was the 34-year-old's fourth in succession, after he previously overcame Mark Platts, Karl Harrison and Paul Marin to secure his shot at the vacant 125lbs title.

Seery said: "I'm looking forward to defending the belt against Ulysses Gomez in Newcastle. He's a high-calibre opponent with experience at the top level, but I won’t give up this belt easily."

Gomez (9-4) challenges for the Cage Warriors gold following a two-fight stint with the UFC, which came to an end after a close decision loss to CWFC veteran Phil Harris in London this past February.

Hailing from California, the 30-year-old is a one-time Bellator winner and former champion for the renowned US promotion Tachi Palace Fights, who has been stopped just once - by UFC star John Moraga - during a professional career that began in March 2008.

"Fighting for the Cage Warriors belt is a huge honour. Becoming Cage Warriors champion will prove that I'm one of the best fighters in the world," said Gomez, who has taken seven of his nine victories via submission.


Delbrugge Crushes Johnson In 9 Seconds!

XFE 27

In the Main Event, Jon Delbrugge (3-1) proved why he may be one of the best 170 pound prospects on the east coast. After dropping Neil Johnson (7-6) with a vicious overhand right, Delbrugge went on the attack until the ref halted the fight after just 9 seconds!

Your winner via TKO at the 0:09 mark of the very first round, Jon Delbrugge (3-1)

After his astonishing victory Jon Delbrugge thanked his supporters:

"I feel great. Thank you to everyone who supported me. It really means a lot. One of the reason we get on the cards is because of the supporters, so thank you guys!"

"Anthony Terrell DESTROYS Velasco in just 23 seconds!"

In the Co-Main event, Anthony Terrell (4-0) continued to live up to the hype when he blitz his opponent Pedro Velasco, swarming him with strikes. Before Velasco could respond Terrell stopped him with a BRUTAL left head kick!

Your winner via KO at the 0:23 of Round 1, Anthony Terrell!

Anthony Terrell had this to say about his BRUTAL stoppage:

"I wouldn't be nothing without my team! I wouldn't be fighting if it wasn't for Brazen Boxing & MMA!"

"Daukaus demolishes Duvall to capture victory in his pro debut"

In the 1st pro bout of the evening, Chris Daukaus made his pro debut against fellow debuting Bobby Duvall. Daukaus missed a kick early that sent him to the ground. Duvall jumped quickly on the grounded fighter but Daukaus fought his way up. After trading for a bit, Daukaus landed an accidental kick to the groin. When the action continued, a nasty elbow from Daukaus sent Duvall to the ground. After following up with two vicious rights, the referee called a halt to the action.

You winner via TKO at the 2:03 mark of the 1st round Chris Daukaus!

This is what Chris Daukas (1-0) had to say about his TKO victory:

"I seen his step in and I threw the elbow and figured why not finish the fight"

During the intermission XFE Promoter David Feldman announced that he was matching the money raised by Bassil Hafez and his friend Mike for Mary Walp's fight against Breast Cancer. The total was $750 raise and $750 matched by David Feldman.

"Lowry stuns Hafez to capture the XFE Welterweight Championship"

XFE Welterweight Champion Basil Hafez (4-1) was able to return to his feet early after a HUGE takedown by challenger Joe Lowry (4-0). After they returned to their feet, both men traded punches and jockeyed for position against the cage in a close 1st round.

The 2nd round turned into a stand up chess match. Both men showing each other a ton of respect, by refusing to let their hands go. They stayed on their feet until the final 10 seconds when the challenger Joe Lowry scored a crucial take down.

In the final round, the Champion Hafez gave it all he had taking the challenger down on several occasions. After the second take down, Hafez attempted a standing guillotine choke but it was escaped by Lowry. The two men traded strikes until the final bell sounded.

After the final bell, the judges scorecards read 30-27 across the board for your winner via Unanimous Decision and NEW XFE Welterweight Champion Joe Lowry (4-0)!

This is what the NEW XFE Welterweight Champion had to say:

"It was a tough fight. He is a good kid. It feel's fantastic to put this belt on!"

"Stankiewicz tops Encarnacion in a WAR!"

Fan favorite Erik Stankiewicz (3-0) took control of Izzy Encarnacion (0-2) early. "E-Stank" took him to the ground early and attempted several submissions before getting back to their feet and trading leather until the end of the round.

After trading back and forth for early in the 2nd round, Encarnacion landed a low blow on Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz recovered and started to trade before they went to the ground. Encarnacion had dominant position landing several body shots until they both made it to their feet. The round ended with both men trying to take the better position against the cage.

In the 3rd round, Stankiewicz seemed to be tiring leaving Encarnacion as the aggressor on their feet. Stankiewicz took his opponent down but wasn't able to keep him there. As the they jockeyed for position, it went to the ground with Encarnacion holding the dominant position while landing punches until the final bell.

At the final bell, the judges scorecards read 29-28 across the winner via Unanimous Decision Erik Staniewicz (3-0)

"I came out strong at first and by the 3rd I gassed out. Izzy brought it and I brought it too."

"Oristaglio "takes down" Kim to spoil his debut!"

Vinny Oristaglio (2-1) and William Kim (0-1) opened Round 1 with some back and forth action. Kim got on top of Oristaglio early but the ref stood them up. Then Oristaglio landed and accidental low blow that caused a short break.

When Kim was ready to go the round ended. Oristaglio scored a early take down in Round 2 and secured dominant position until Kim worked his way back to the feet. Back on their feet, Kim was dominant but at the end of the round Oristaglio scored another explosive take down.

In the 3rd round, Kim was once again dominant on his feet but was answered with another Oristaglio take down. This time Kim maneuvered into dominant position until the final bell rang.

After the final bell, the judges scorecards read 29-28 Oristaglio, 29-28 Kim & 29-28 Oristaglio for your winner via Split Decision Vinny Oristaglio (2-1)

"I feel great. It was a hard weight cut. He fought hard. I didn't expect to get hit that hard."

Leo DaSilva (1-3) & Ryan Kemmerer (4-0) went back and forth in the first round exchanging take downs. In the final seconds of round 1, DaSilva attemted a triangle choke but couldn't get it fully locked in.

Early in the 2nd, Kemmerer scored a takedown but DaSilva worked his way to his feet. The two men began to exchange punches until Kemmerer scored another take down, in which he stayed in dominant position until the end of the round.

In the final round, Kemmerer scored an early take down but both men bounced up which resulted in Kemmerer land vicious knees on DaSilva until he got free. Both men traded back and forth until the final round.

At the final bell the judges scorecards read 30-27 across the board for your winner Ryan Kemmerer (4-0).

This is what Ryan Kemmerer had to say about his victory:

"I would just like to thank everyone who came out here. UFC gym for giving me the opportunity. That is all I can ask for is an opportunity."

"Flemming's stand up out lasts Doer"

Kiefer Flemming (2-0) opened the 1st round of the fight against Taylor Doer (0-1) explosively. He continuously pushed Doer back against the cage until landing a vicious barrage and a take down at the end of the round.

In the 2nd round, saw both men growing increasingly tired with Flemming dominant while standing up until the end of the round where he scored another take down.

Flemming scored a take down early in the 3rd and held dominant position landing a few blows for the entirety of the round.

The judges scorecards read 30-27 across the board for your winner Keifer Flemming (2-0).

Your winner Kiefer Flemming (2-0) had this to say:

"Feel good coming into this fight. You just have to remember there is no safe place in a construction zone and I'm the handyman baby!"

"Leone outlasts Klacic in a classic!"

In the opening bout Matt Klacic (2-1) faced William Leone (1-0). The first round saw a close back and forth battle which was seemingly edged by the the more Klacic who held dominant position for a portion of the round.

Leone came back strong with a dominant 2nd round, almost choking out Klacic in the final minute but Klacic held on until the final bell.

Finally Leone scored takedown in the 3rd round, which may have been a deciding factor even though Klacic landed a nice combination at the final bell.

After the final bell the judges scorecards read 29-28 across the board!

This is what the winner William Leone (1-0) had to say:

"I thought I could do better. It was my first fight I was nervous. I was never nervous like this for football or anything. He is a great fighter I take my hats off to him."

If you missed any of the action you can order now & re watch for LIFE on GFL OnDemand by clicking the link below:

http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/XFE_27/1791

Next up: XFE 29 will be at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. Tickets can still be purchased at the door. This card is headlined by the much anticipated rematch between Adam "The Archangel" Atiyeh & Kris "The Badger" Gratalo.

If you can't be at the Sands you can order LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv by clicking the link below:

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XFE 27!

On GFL.tv

Saturday night October 19th, XFE returns to Harrahs Philadelphia for an exciting night of fights from start to finish. Of the 15+ fights on the card, one of them sticks out the most. The main event will see welterweight's Jon Delbrugge (2-1) attempting to rebound from his first loss to take on Bellator veteran Neil Johnson (7-5).

Debrugge, whose ultimate goal is to make it to the UFC, cannot afford to take a second loss so early in his career to stay on course for his goal. Most would be feeling the pressure but most are not Jon Delbrugge.

"My goal is and has always been to be in the UFC. I spent 4 years training and competing full time in BJJ to develop a specialized background in something. I went from white belt to purple belt in 11 months and placed in tournaments like the Pan Ams, European open and Brazilian nationals. I've competed is Asia, South America, Europe and all over the US competing against the best BJJ guys in the world. During those four years I got to train with and compete against a lot of high level guys and got desensitized to the pressure of going against "tough" guys.

"I will have to fight guys of this caliber sooner or later if I want to be in the UFC, so I need to just go ahead and get used to fighting these guys now. As far as pressure it doesn't matter. I don't feed off of it or anything. Only because one day that pressure won't be there and I will need to find something else to feed off of, so all my motivation comes from within. No external motivators!" explains Delbrugge.

With training camp rounding up before the fight vs. Johnson at XFE 27, Delbrugge was very confident about his camp. "(Training) has been very good. In the past I've had tendency to over train. I feel very strong and on point with everything right now."

Though he is coming off a loss to Bellator Veteran Derrick Kennington, he felt too many adjustments would hurt him coming into the fight with Johnson. Chalking up the quick lose to a bad decision on his part.

"You have to be careful about making too many adjustments based off of a fight like that. I literally got caught 1 minute into the first round. If you look at the tale in slow motion I was throwing a jab. My chin was down my other hand was up. I was in perfect position. My jab was just lazy and he countered by throwing a uppercut at the same exact time. My coaches didn't have much to adjust from that. Every camp I am counts angle improving my skill sets so I am always adjusting skills win or lose."

Even though, he doesn't believe he has much to adjust he believes the game plan could have been different. "Game planning wise I should have probably went after Kennington a bit harder, but again it was within the first two minutes of the fight I believe. To me that's just a fight I have to let go and move on from."

For those who have not seen Jon Delbrugge in the cage yet, he explains what you can expect! "You can expect to see a guy who is extremely dedicated to perfecting his craft step back into the cage after a tough loss and fight his a** off. I'm going to fight aggressive and dominant! That's my style! Heavy ground and pound, clean striking and extremely high level grappling. I couldn't be more excited for this Saturday!"

He is not the the only one, Promoter and XFE Owner David Feldman shares similar sentiments. "Jon Delbrugge is one of the best 170 prospects on the east coast. He will be tested against welterweight gatekeeper Neil Johnson. All I can say is expect fireworks!".

Also featured on the card Anthony Terrell Smith squaring off against Pedro Velasco in what promoter David Feldman promises "Could be a Main Event anywhere else." Plus a Heavyweight showdown between two unbeaten big men Christoper Daukaus (4-0) and Bobby Duvall (6-0), which promises to end in a highlight reel KO.

XFE 27 is sponsored by Rocco's Collision, Harrahs Philadelphia, BoneBreakerz, and Inside Out Training Centers. Tickets can still be purchased at WebTix.net and at the door.

For fans unable to attend the LIVE event they can watch it LIVE WORLDWIDE on GFL.tv by clicking the link below: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/XFE_27/1791


Nick Newell!

Returns Dec 7

The eye-catching and undefeated lightweight "Notorious" Nick Newell (10-0) will participate in World Series of Fighting's first fight card north of the American border. Newell meets 28-year-old Canadian Sabah "The Persian Warrior" Fadai (7-2) on the NBCSN-televised main card of "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Tickets for the first World Series of Fighting Canada event start at just $29 and go on sale tomorrow, Friday, October 18 at Ticketleader.ca and charge-by-phone at (604) 757-0345.

Newell last fought at August's World Series of Fighting 4, where he defeated Georgia's Keon Caldwell in the first frame with a modified guillotine choke that landed the young star a "Top Play" nod on ESPN's SportsCenter.

"I'm so honored to be part of WSOF's first event in Canada," said Newell. The opportunity to grow with this company on an international level is amazing. I'm expecting Fadai to bring it, and I can't wait to have my arm raised Dec. 7."

Meanwhile, Fadai is a member of Canada's Team Mamba, where he trains under famed striker Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill. Fighting professionally since 2007, Fadai has earned stoppage wins in all seven of his professional victories, including four knockouts and three submissions. Five of those finishes have come in the opening round.

Fadai fought most recently in October, where he needed just 84 seconds to tap out Cody Krahn with a triangle choke.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 7 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, and venue doors open at 2 p.m. PT local time.

Canadian broadcast plans will be announced shortly.

Previously announced bouts include the night's main event, which sees hard-hitting light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) take on knockout artist Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1), as well as a rescheduled middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9).

A fourth main-card matchup will be announced shortly.


Grapplers Quest!

This Saturday In Arizona

Grapplers Quest is proud to announce the first "Europa Games" on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center located at 100 N Third Street.

FightNow Television team will be recorded for tape delay event highlights plus airing to one million viewers monthly on YouTube at http://LiveGrappling.com

Fighter Registration Savings End Wednesday, October 16th at 8:00 PM PST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/GQPhoenix.

All Men's and Women's Advanced Divisions Champions and All Absolute Divisions and $5,000 Cash divisions will be awarded the custom Championship Belts and the largest medallions in the sport of grappling sponsored by Torque and Super Body Care. The first Grapplers Quest tournament in Arizona will feature all divisions on Saturday, October 19 (doors open at 7:00 AM).

$5,000 in Cash Plus $5,000 in Prizes:

$2,000 Men's No-Gi Advanced Absolute Open Weight

$1,000 Women No-Gi Advanced Absolute Open Weight

$1,000 Men's Open Black Belt Jiu Jitsu Challenge

$500 Men's Open Brown Belt Jiu Jitsu Challenge

$500 Men's Open Purple Belt Jiu Jitsu Challenge

Plus $5,000 in Total Competitor Fees for All No-Gi Advanced Champions to 2013 Grapplers Quest World Series of Grappling in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 16.

Discount Competitor registration includes:

Free Seminar with Black Belt and Head Referee, David Karchmer

Full Access to the 2013 Europa Games ($20 value)

Free Torque Fighter T-Shirt

Includes $20 off at-the-door pricing

Registration Savings End Wednesday, October 16th at 8:00 PM PST - fighters can register online at: http://bit.ly/GQPhoenix

The 2013 Europa Games in Phoenix featured a variety of events with some incredible cash prizes. Approximately 1,000 CrossFit athletes competed for a $20,000 prize in the Europa War Games, the largest two-day CrossFit competition in the country.

Other highlights include nearly 350+ grapplers going for $5,000; as well as 500 youth wrestlers competing for $5,000; a Tae Kwon Do championship for $3,000 in cash; and a $10,000 Muscle Pharm Obstacle Course. Tickets for the Europa Games can be purchased at the door, for more general event information, visit: https://www.europaexpo.com/events/2013/phoenix/


World Series Of Fighting!

Signs Yushin Okami

World Series of Fighting officials are happy to announce the addition of perennial top-ranked middleweight Yushin Okami (29-8) to the company's roster.

The 32-year-old "Thunder" Okami recently signed a multi-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion, and he's expected to make his first appearance for the company in early 2014.

"We're extremely excited to announced that Yushin Okami as the newest member of our middleweight division," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "MMA fans around the world know Yushin has long been among the best 185-pound fighters in the sport, and we're happy to have him as a member of the World Series of Fighting family."

A judo black belt, Okami has been competing professionally since 2002. After building an impressive 16-3 record competing largely in his native Japan, Okami in 2006 debuted for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He would go on to fight 18 times for the UFC, including an August 2011 bid for the promotion's middleweight title.

Okami's career record includes wins over MMA notables Alan Belcher, Dean Lister, Hector Lombard, Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz, Anderson Silva, Mike Swick and Evan Tanner, among others.

While Okami's debut date and opponent have not yet been officially determined, he could prove an immediate title contender in World Series of Fighting's 185-pound division. The company will crown its first middleweight champion in early 2014, as the winner of World Series of Fighting 7's Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor bout moves on to meet David Branch in the finals of the company's four-man middleweight tournament.


Brawl In The Fall!

IFL 58

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the Motor City's premier mixed-martial-arts promotional company, Donofrio Entertainment and the Impact Fight League, in association with the Fillmore Detroit, will present: IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall", live mixed martial arts inside the historic Fillmore Theater on famed Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Similar to every Donofrio MMA event, the eighth annual "Brawl in the Fall" will showcase many of the best cage fighters that Michigan and Canada have to offer, this year amid the electric atmosphere of downtown Detroit.

In all, 15 title fights are scheduled, as every IFL belt holder must defend their title and all vacant belts will be contested for.

"I am very honored to be hosting this exciting show inside such an historic venue," said Joseph Donofrio. "We are currently putting the matches together that will ensure it is an unforgettable evening for everyone involved and all the fans. Don't miss it!"

Tickets are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000.

The Fillmore Detroit is a beautiful historic venue located in the heart of Detroit's entertainment district. Originally opened in 1925 as a movie house, this elegant venue has been renovated to offer guests a unique concert and special event experience. As you walk through the grand lobby of The Fillmore Detroit, you are embraced by the nostalgia of the original Fillmore chandeliers and the history they represent.

All match-ups will be announced shortly.

On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm. The Fillmore Theater is located at 2115 Woodward Avenue (Next To the Fox) in Detroit (313) 961-5451.


World Series Of Fighting!

Ten-bout Lineup Now Complete

With a stellar lineup already in place for the promotion's first-ever trip to Florida, World Series of Fighting executives have added a 10th and final bout to the company's upcoming event.

"World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" now hosts a newly announced featherweight matchup between 13-year professional Pablo "The Hurricane" Alfonso (8-5) and former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres (40-6) on the evening's preliminary lineup.

Featuring the first title fight in World Series of Fighting history with Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman (26-9) vs. Steve Carl (20-3) for the promotion's inaugural welterweight belt, World Series of Fighting 6 takes place Oct. 26 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gable, Fla.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the evening's main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

"With our first-ever championship bout scheduled in the headlining bout of our Oct. 26 event, we were already excited about visiting BankUnited Center," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "But we had an opportunity to put together an intriguing matchup between Miguel Torres, who will compete at 145 pounds for the fight, and a very tough local fighter in Pablo Torres, who is excited to make a statement in what would be the biggest win of his career. It's a fantastic addition to an already incredible lineup."

Fighting professionally since 2000, Alfonso is an MMA Masters product and Florida resident. With experience under the Strikeforce and Jungle Fight banners, all eight of Alfonso's professional wins have come by way of stoppage, including six by submission. Most recently, Alfonso fought three times under the Championship Fighting Alliance banner.

Meanwhile, Torres also made his debut in 2000, and he's remained among the most prolific fighters in the sport since that time. With 32 stoppage wins among his 40 career victories, Torres has long been among the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. Torres made his debut for World Series of Fighting at the company's inaugural event but suffered a split-decision loss to fast-rising star Marlon Moraes. Now, Torres seeks redemption.

NBCSN-TELEVISED MAIN CARD

Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl

Carson Beebe vs. Marlon Moraes

Marcelo Alfaya vs. Jon Fitch

Justin Gaethje vs. Dan Lauzon

WSOF.COM-STREAMED PRELIMINARY CARD

Luiz Firmino vs. Jacob Volkmann

Pablo Alfonso vs. Miguel Torres

Francisco France vs. Hans Stringer

Nick LoBosco vs. Fabio Mello

Chad Robichaux vs. Andrew Yates

Alexandre Pimentel vs. Jade Porter


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Parts Ways With Aaron Wilkinson

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship can confirm that Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) is no longer contracted exclusively to the promotion.

The English welterweight has been released from a deal that was scheduled to expire in January, having fought three times for the promotion since making his CWFC debut in July of last year.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explained that although Wilkinson's contract is due to remain valid for another three months, the fighter is now free to pursue other options.

"Aaron is contractually committed to Cage Warriors until January 2014, but we don't have any plans for him to compete between now and then," said Boylan.

"We don't intend to offer Aaron a new deal so it makes sense for us both to part company sooner rather than later. I wish Aaron the very best with his career, which I'm sure will be a success on the back of a big win last weekend."

Wilkinson debuted for CWFC at Cage Warriors 48 in July 2012 when he submitted Leigh Cohoon in the first round of their bout at The Forum in London.

The 26-year-old Manchester native dropped a decision loss to Alan Johnston last December, but rebounded with a second-round TKO of Bola Omoyele this past Saturday.

Boylan added: "We've got four more big shows scheduled between now and the end of the year but all cards are already stacked, so unfortunately there's no room for Aaron to fight once more before his contract expires."


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Twin River Weights

Listed below are the official weights for the participants of the Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013 mixed martial arts event at Twin River Casino, presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports

TODD CHATTELLE 184 V JOHN TROYER 190

CHARLES ROSA 152.50 V STEVE MCCABE 152.50

ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH 144 V BILLY VAUGHN 145

MARC STEVENS 161 V ANDREW OSBORNE ???

KALINE MEDEIROS 112 V RACHEL SAZOFF 107

JOHN JOHNSTON 251 V KHUZAYMAN AL-NUBU AT 222

WILLIE BROWN JR. 202 V ANGELO RODRIGUEZ 203

NICK DRUMMOD 179 V RALPH JOHNSON 179

TOMMY VENTICINQUE 169 V BRANDON CHAGNON 170

MICHAEL SHANE LAMM 164 V TUNDEE ODUYINGHO 172


World Series Of Fighting!

Acquires Canada's Aggression Fighting Championship

With a new global partnership with IMG Media now in place, the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting promotion is ready to step outside the U.S.

World Series of Fighting has acquired Canada's top MMA promotion, Aggression Fighting Championship, and will launch World Series of Fighting Canada beginning with a Dec. 7 event at Vancouver's PNE Agrodome. The main event sees hard-hitting light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) take on knockout artist Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1), as well as a rescheduled middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9).

"The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world."

Johnson has already competed twice for World Series of Fighting, earning a hard-fought decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in March, as well as a highlight-reel first-round knockout of D.J. Linderman in the promotion's debut event.

Kyle is a highly respected competitor of the sport who boasts a solid record stacked with knockout wins. The 33-year-old slugger counts 13 such victories among his 20 career wins.

In the night's co-feature, Mutapcic and Taylor finally meet in the cage after the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board delayed their planned September fight. The winner of the bout moves on to meet David Branch for World Series of Fighting's middleweight title.

Further details for "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which will feature a blend of established World Series of Fighting talent and some of Canada's brightest prospects, which will be announced shortly. Like World Series of Fighting's U.S.-based shows, the event will air live domestically and on NBCSN. International broadcast plans will be revealed in the coming weeks.

"This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Operating Officer Darren Owen said. "Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn't be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada."

With the launch of World Series of Fighting Canada, the brand will aggressively expand its global reach and also provide a five-star platform for top Canadian talent.

"I couldn't be more motivated and excited to make this announcement," World Series of Fighting Canada Chief Financial Officer Steve Fader said. "We've always wanted to do what's best for the fighters and fans, and this next step clearly does both. World Series of Fighting Canada will allow us to showcase all the top-level talent Canada has to offer. We will be putting on shows bigger and better than ever, coast to coast."

Further details about World Series of Fighting Canada are available at WSOFCanada.com.


Barnes V Karski!

Cage Warriors 60

CWFC middleweight Leeroy Barnes will return to action at Cage Warriors 60.

He'll take on highly-touted Polish prospect Kacper Karski on the main card of this Saturday's event at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England.

Despite the late announcement of the bout, Barnes had been scheduled to feature at CWFC 60 as far back as six weeks ago, but the withdrawal of three verbally-agreed opponents left the 29-year-old Englishman without a contracted bout until the eleventh hour, as Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explains.

"Leeroy was on this card from day-one but unfortunately each opponent we had lined up for him fell through," said Boylan. "But due to the hard work of our matchmaker Ian Dean, we've managed to find a good opponent for Leeroy. Better late than never, and I'm expecting this to be a very interesting fight."

Barnes (12-11-0-1nc), who has taken all 12 of his wins inside the distance - 10 of which have come via submission - signed exclusively with CWFC earlier this year and had his first outing on his new contract against Norman Paraisy.

In spite of an impressive display, Barnes just came up short, finding himself on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against the veteran Frenchman at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool in July.

"I've had to deal with a few opponents pulling out on me for this show but Cage Warriors have worked hard to find me a high-level opponent, to keep me active and getting paid. I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting fight for the fans in London," said Barnes.

Karski (4-1), a team-mate of CWFC veteran and recently-signed UFC lightweight Piotr Hallmann, has built up a good reputation on the continent since making his professional debut just two-and-a-half years ago, submitting three of his four defeated opponents. The well-rounded 24-year-old's only loss to date came against Mateusz Ostrowski in May of last year, but Karski avenged that defeat this past April with an impressive display in a unanimous decision triumph over Ostrowski.

Karski said: "I'm looking forward to fighting on Cage Warriors against an experienced opponent. It will be a good challenge but it's one I'm excited about."


World Series Of Fighting!

Adds Three New Bouts To Prelim Fight Card

The lineup for World Series of Fighting's first-ever trip to Florida continues to fill with the addition of three new preliminary contests, including lightweights Luiz "Buscape" Firmino (16-6) vs. Jacob "Feelgood" Volkmann (16-4), featherweights Nick LoBosco (6-0) vs. Fabio Mello (11-6) and featherweights Alexandre "Pulga" Pimentel (12-1) vs. Jade Porter (9-3).

The night's NBCSN-televised main card is headlined by the first title fight in World Series of Fighting history, as Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman (26-9) meets Steve Carl (20-3) for the promotion's first welterweight belt.

The new matchups help to fill out World Series of Fighting 6's preliminary card, which takes place Oct. 26 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla., and precedes the evening's NBSCN live network broadcast. The preliminary bouts stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.

Brazilian veteran Firmino has fought around the globe, including stints in Japanese promotions DREAM and PRIDE. Firmino currently boasts a three-fight win streak and recently picked up the Florida-based Championship Fighting Alliance's lightweight title. He now meets Volkmann, a 10-time UFC veteran who debuted for World Series of Fighting in June, earning a dominating decision win over veteran grappler Lyle Beerbohm.

The 29-year-old LoBosco brings an undefeated mark to the cage. The Missouri-based athlete turned pro in 2011 and has since rattled off six-straight wins. Four of the wins have come by stoppage, including three victories that were earned in the first minute of the fight. He now gets the biggest test of his career in Brazilian veteran Mello. Fighting professionally since 2001, Mello is currently enjoying the longest win streak of his career with seven straight wins. An Imperial Athletics fighter, Mello's career is dotted with the names of true MMA royalty in past opponents like Jose Aldo, Takanori Gomi and Masakazu Imanari, among others.

A former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Pimentel looks to rebound from the first loss of his professional MMA career, after falling short against Rick Glenn at March's World Series of Fighting 2 event. He now meets Arizona's Jade Porter, who trains at Power MMA Team. Porter makes his World Series of Fighting debut.


TODD CHATTELLE!

Headlines Historic Night At Twin River

History will be made Friday night at Twin River Casino. Just how much history remains to be seen.

In addition to Kaline Medeiros (1-3, 1 KO) and Rachel Sazoff (0-0) battling in Rhode Island's first professional female mixed martial arts' bout, local fan favorites Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle (11-9, 8 KOs) and Andre Soukhamthath (5-1, 3 KOs) will each attempt to become the winningest fighter in Classic Entertainment & Sports' history when CES MMA presents "Rise Or Fall," live from Twin River Casino on Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013.

"What a dynamic card!" CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. "It's a promoter's dream."

Chattelle and Soukhamthath, both from Rhode Island, are tied with five wins apiece since beginning their CES careers in 2011 and 2012, respectively. A victory in Friday's main event against middleweight John Troyer (14-9, 5 KOs) of Kentucky would give Chattelle either a share or sole possession of at least three CES records; he already leads the promotion with eight total bouts and four first-round knockouts.

With a win over bantamweight Billy Vaughn (12-15, 3 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio, Soukhamthath (5-1, 3 KOs) would keep pace with "The Hulk" and extend his streak to six consecutive victories, adding to the CES record he set in June when he passed Chattelle's four-fight win streak with his fifth consecutive win.

Aside from the personal achievements, the always-busy Chattelle is also looking to get back on track after suffering his third loss in four fights in a submission loss to Dennis Olson in April, a rematch of Chattelle's pro debut in 2007, which also ended in a loss. "The Hulk" finished an unprecedented 4-0 in 2011 before hitting this most recent rough stretch, and the journey gets no easier Friday against Troyer, a three-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran searching for his first win since November.

Medeiros and Sazoff will forever be linked as the first female fighters to face one another in Rhode Island, but only one will make history as the first to win a fight. Medeiros, a Fall River, Mass., resident born in Brazil, has four professional bouts under her belt. Last year, she earned her first win with a 7-second knockout over highly-decorated amateur Stephanie Eggink and, as a result, won the 2012 Knockout of the Year by the Women's MMA Press Association.

Tickets for "Rise Or Fall" are $36.00, $56.00, $101.00 and $126.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

The undercard features the CES debut of heavyweight John Johnston (3-0, 3 KOs) of Melrose, Mass., who will battle veteran Chris Guillen (13-15, 1 KO) of St. George, Utah, and the return of lightweight Charles Rosa (4-0, 2 KOs), a resident of Delray Beach, Fla., who graduated from Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales University and made his Twin River debut in August. Rosa will face Steve McCabe (6-13, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia.

Lightweight Marc Stevens (14-8, 6 KOs) of Lorraine, N.Y., will battle Philadelphia's Andrew Osborne (7-6, 2 KOs) in a three-round bout and Meriden, Conn., lightweight Willie Brown Jr. (0-0) will search for his first win against Angelo Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) of Worcester, Mass. Welterweight Tommy Venticinque (0-0) of Warwick, R.I., will face Metheun, Mass., veteran Brandon Chagnon (3-4), and fellow welterweight Nick Drummond (4-0, 1 KO) of Boston will put his unbeaten record on the line against hard-hitting veteran Ralph Johnson (5-7) of nearby Worcester. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for "Rise Or Fall." Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance).


Kaline Medeiros!

Returns Oct 4th

On Monday, Sept. 30th, 2013 Fall River Mayor William Flanagan will proudly announce the historic Rhode Island debut of professional fighter Kaline Medeiros (1-3), a Fall River resident and native of Brazil, who will highlight the undercard of Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports' "Rise Or Fall" mixed martial arts event, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Monday's event is open to the public. Medeiros will face Hamilton, N.J., newcomers Rachel Sazoff in Rhode Island's first professional female mixed martial arts bout and Medeiros' first under the promotional guidance of CES. Last year, Medeiros earned her first professional win with a 7-second knockout over highly-decorated amateur Stephanie Eggink and, as a result, won the 2012 Knockout of the Year by the Women's MMA Press Association.

Tickets for Medeiros' Rhode Island debut are $36.00, $56.00, $101.00 and $126.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com orwww.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

Also scheduled for next Friday, two of Rhode Island's most decorated fighters will aim for historic finishes as they both attempt to break the CES record for most victories in the promotion's three-year history. Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle (11-9, 8 KOs) and Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath (5-1, 3 KOs) are tied atop the list with five wins apiece under CES' guidance. Chattelle will face Kentucky veteran John Troyer (14-9, 5 KOs) in the main event while Soukhamthath will battle Billy Vaughn (12-15, 3 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio.

The undercard features heavyweight John Johnston (3-0, 3 KOs) of Melrose, Mass., facing veteran Chris Guillen (13-15, 1 KO) of St. George, Utah, and the return of lightweight Charles Rosa (4-0, 2 KOs), a resident of Delray Beach, Fla., who graduated from Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales University and made his Twin River debut in August. Rosa will face Steve McCabe (6-13, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia. Lightweight Marc Stevens (14-8, 6 KOs) of Lorraine, N.Y., will battle Philadelphia's Andrew Osborne (7-6, 2 KOs) in a three-round bout and Meriden, Conn., lightweight Willie Brown Jr. (0-0) will search for his first win against Angelo Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) of Worcester, Mass. Welterweight Tommy Venticinque (0-0) of Warwick, R.I., will face Metheun, Mass., veteran Brandon Chagnon (3-4).

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for "Rise Or Fall." Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance).


WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING!

SIGN THREE YEAR DEAL WITH IMG MEDIA PARTNERS

IMG Media, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company has signed a three year agreement to globally represent and distribute all media rights for the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events put on by World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

Plans are in place to expand the number of WSOF events to 8-10 for 2014/15 and for the shows to be staged internationally in venues such as Vancouver, Brazil, the UK, and Eastern Europe. To date, all WSOF events have been hosted in the US - in Las Vegas, Ontario, and Atlantic City - with upcoming events to be hosted in Miami, Chicago and Houston.

NBC, who has shown the first five WSOF events live on NBC Sports Network in primetime, have a multi-year deal for exclusive coverage in the US.

Hillary Mandel, IMG Media's SVP, Head of Media North America, said: "MMA continues to be a highly sought after and highly-rated sport with very attractive male demographics. Even though WSOF is less than a year old, it has been exceptionally well-received and has attracted top quality fighters, both experienced and up and coming."

She added: "We see great potential for 'blue chip' fight programming and the value of distributing a series with high-level production values that has a strong foundation through its management, broadcast partners and investors.

WSOF President Ray Sefo, a kickboxing Hall of Famer and 6 time World Champion added, "We are proud and excited to be represented by IMG. WSOF will put on some of the best MMA events in the world with great fighters and great match-ups"

WSOF's first event in November 2012 was held in its home base of Las Vegas at Caesars Entertainment's Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and WSOF has since visited such world-class destinations as New Jersey's Revel Atlantic City, California's Citizens Business Bank Arena and Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

WSOF's growing roster of fighters features established superstars such as Andrei Arlovski, Josh Burkman, Jon Fitch and Anthony Johnson, as well as promising talent such as Nick Newell, Justin Gaethje, Marlon Moraes, Tyson Nam and Tyrone Spong, among others.


Alers V Turner!

Cage Warriors 63

JIM ALERS will put his featherweight belt up for grabs on New Year's Eve in Dublin, Ireland.

In his second defence of the gold, the CWFC champion will take on Graham Turner when the promotion returns to The Helix on Tuesday, December 31, for Cage Warriors 63.

Alers (11-1), who'll be searching for his seventh consecutive Cage Warriors victory, was crowned CWFC featherweight kingpin back in April when he submitted Joni Salovaara in the fourth round of the Cage Warriors 53 main event in Glasgow to clinch a title that had been vacated by Conor McGregor.

A 26-year-old native of Florida, Alers impressively overcame Martin Svensson by unanimous decision in his debut title defence at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff earlier this month.

Having taken all 10 of his previous victories inside the distance - eight via submission - Alers also holds notable wins over Matteus Lahdesmaki, Marcio Cesar and Freddy Assuncao.

"I'm excited go give the Cage Warriors fans the match-up they wanted to see," said Alers. "I want to fight the best fighters in my division and I feel Graham Turner is the top guy at the moment.

"Turner is a great guy, I like him a lot, but I'm not going to let that get in the way of me beating him up a bit and keeping my belt wrapped around my waist."

Turner (23-7), a 25-year-old Scotsman with a kickboxing background, holds a 5-1 record under the Cage Warriors banner and - with the exception of Alers - currently holds more CWFC wins than any other featherweight.

145lbs title challenger Graham Turner a member of Scotland's renowned Dinky Ninjas camp, Turner has dropped just two losses in his last 17 outings - to the UFC's Akira Corassani and top CWFC featherweight Matteus Lahdesmaki.

Since the defeat to Lahdesmaki in February 2012, Turner has rebounded in emphatic fashion, with five straight wins, the most recent of which came at the expense of the previously unbeaten Nad Narimani at Cage Warriors 56 in London this past July.

Turner counts 16 stoppage wins on his record - 14 via (T)KO - and has seen off the likes of Ashleigh Grimshaw, Olivier Pastor and Nathan Beer since making his professional debut in 2005.

He said: "This is going to be a very tough fight; I'm pretty sure it'll be my hardest to date. I'm excited about the challenge and I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity by Cage Warriors.

"I'd love to get my hands on the Cage Warriors world title. I have the utmost respect for Jim as a fighter and I can't wait for this challenge. I'm also really looking forward to my first visit to Ireland."


EFC GLADIATORS!

November 30 At Parsippany PAL

New Jersey-based MMA promotional dynamo, The Darwish Brothers, are proud to announce their next epic show: EFC GLADIATORS on Saturday, November 30, at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ.

EFC GLADIATORS will be headlined by the much-anticipated match-up between the EFC's colorful and brash Christopher Vallaro (6-2) of New York making the first defense of his EFC Light Heavyweight Championship against his most formidable challenger, New Jersey's fearsome Mustafa Khalil (3-1) of Lionheart MMA.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $46, $67, and $125 Cageside and are on sale now at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

"This main event is the proverbial 'two toughest kids on the block' finally getting it on to see who's the boss," said EFC co-promoter Hani Darwish (along with brother Wally). "Chris Vallaro had an injury, so we had to reschedule it before, but now he's ready to go and that means the fans that night in Parsippany are going to witness New Jersey MMA's two best light heavyweights in a super fight. We're all very excited to see who will win."

Also scheduled to make their first title defenses that night will be brand-new EFC Champions Jen Lopez (EFC Female Bantamweight) and Barat Jan (EFC Middleweight). More exciting match-ups will be announced shortly.

The Parsippany PAL is located at 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout starts at 7 pm.

Those unable to attend can watch the event live via online streaming at efcmma.com and gofightlive.com for a price of $9.99. For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.


Sergio Pettis!

Knocking On The UFC's Door

Is there a hotter gym in MMA right now than Roufusport? Is there currently a hotter competitor in the sport than Anthony "Showtime" Pettis?

The answers to those questions are certainly debatable, but what isn't debatable is the fact that the Milwaukee-based fight team helmed by striking legend Duke Roufus is making a major impact on mixed martial arts. Coming on the heels of Roufus protege "Showtime" capturing the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, this battle-tested squad is riding high. Rick Glenn, another rising Roufusport product, recently grabbed a big win the World Series of Fighting promotion, while Mike "Biggie" Rhoades will be vying for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance welterweight belt soon. And Roufusport is well=represented in the UFC, with Pettis, Erik Koch, Pascal Krauss, Chico Camus, and Dustin Ortiz all calling the promotion home.

And yet, while the Roufusport stable is loaded from top to bottom with predators, some on the squad have yet to break through to the mainstream consciousness. The talent is there, the ability is there, the desire is there. The time just hasn't come quite yet.

One of Roufusport's rising stars just happens to be the younger brother of Anthony Pettis. "The Phenom" Sergio Pettis, who recently turned 20 years old, is viewed by many in MMA as a "can't-miss" prospect with a world title in his future. A virtual clone of his older brother in both looks and fighting style, Sergio has already begun to carve out his own reputation in the fight world.

Undefeated at 8-0, Sergio recently captured his own piece of championship hardware, claiming the Resurrection Fighting Alliance Flyweight title at RFA 8. Now, he's headed back home to battle another star on the rise in 21 year-old Indianian James Porter (7-1) inside Milwaukee's historic Eagles Club Grand Ballroom at PETTIS VS PORTER-NAFC "Battle in the Ballroom" MMA.

This exciting fight event takes place on Saturday, September 28th. Featured will be two women's fights, in which Roufusport's Raquel Magdaleno and Kali Robbin will make their debuts. And Sergio Pettis will look to continue his family's dominance while taking another big step in his career.

The RFA has generously loaned "The Phenom" exclusively to the NAFC for this event, allowing him to fight once again in front of his home crowd.

Going back to the evening of UFC 164, Sergio was in his big brother's corner that night as Anthony garnered UFC gold. It was a magical night for the Roufusport team and the Pettis family.

"It was ridiculous. Honestly, I didn't see my brother submitting [Benson] Henderson, either," explains Sergio. "I expected a knockout, but he's so confident in his entire skill set. He made it look so easy...it was astonishing. It was very inspiring. He was so focused in camp, and it was awesome to see if pay off."

Having RFA gold around his waist, and then watching his brother claim a world title, Sergio is primed to prove he is a future force to be reckoned with, no matter where he fights.

"There's always pressure going back to Milwaukee to fight," Sergio says. "If I lose a fight, it could be a major setback in my career. But there's a lot of momentum right now, and my brother really inspired me in his title fight. I feel like I'm close to my brother as far as skill set goes. He's just a little bit more confident than me at this point. And now I just want to show that Sergio Pettis has his own set of skills."

With his eye towards the future, Sergio knows he must make sure he keeps his focus on what's next, and that's James Porter. Getting prepared with his Roufusport brothers-in-arms, the "Phenom" is counting on their evolving sets of skills to carry him to victory.

"We're brothers, and we're going to take each other to the top. It's amazing. We've got Duke Roufus, one of best striking coaches in the world. We've got Ben Askren...it's so easy for him to put anybody on their back. Our Jiu-Jitsu is getting stronger. We've got black belts from Brazil. You can see that our Jiu-Jitsu is improving a lot, and everything is just coming together.

"And with this Porter fight, I want to showcase my aggressiveness. I want to come forward a lot more, as I am usually a counter-fighter. I also definitely would love to show off my Jiu-Jitsu. But no matter where the fight goes, I want to show off a well-rounded skill set."

With such a bright future ahead of him, Sergio must be feeling pressure. Does he feel a sense of responsibility to both the Roufusport brand and the Pettis name?

"There's pressure. My brother is one of the best in the world, and people are going to expect me to do a lot of the same things he's doing, including finishing fights. I want to fill that role as well. I train hard so I can finish fights like him. I want to fight my way into the UFC and get my belt...really make a statement. I live with the guy, I see how hard he trains, and I train just as hard as he does. He's very successful, so I want to be, as well. I want to take our gym and our family name as high as we possibly can."

With his eye on Porter, Sergio is ready to claim his opportunity to join his brother and teammates in the UFC very soon, as he has gained much confidence from training daily with his UFC teammates. It likely won't be long before we see "The Phenom" in the vaunted Octagon!

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the next Roufusport great, "The Phenom" Sergio Pettis, live in action next Saturday night in Milwaukee. Go to NAFC.tv for ticket ($35-$60) info and all the details.

PETTIS VS PORTER-NAFC "Battle in the Ballroom" MMA Saturday, September 28th, Eagles Grand Ballroom, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave. Doors and undercard 5:00 pm, main card start 7:00 pm.


Matt Inman!

Signs New Five Fight Contract With CWFC

CAGE WARRIORS welterweight Matt Inman (12-5) has signed a new five-fight contract, which will commit him exclusively to the promotion for the next 18 months.

Following Inman's four bouts under the CWFC banner this year, both parties have agreed to an extension of his contract, which supersedes the five-fight deal signed back in January.

The 27-year-old, who's set to have one more outing before the end of 2013, is currently on a three-fight win-streak which has seen him rise from 19th to 10th in the UK's welterweight rankings.

"I'm very happy to have signed a new deal with Cage Warriors," said Inman, who fights out of the SBG camp in Manchester, England.

"I feel to date I've been in some exciting fights, as well as growing as a fighter. Hopefully this new deal will give me the opportunity to keep moving forward and be involved in more good fights."

With all 12 of his victories thus far coming inside the distance, Inman's most recent triumph came last month at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya when he stopped Bagautdin Sharaputdinov by second-round KO, which was preceded by impressive wins against Mohsen Bahari and Leon Kenge.

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said: "I've been really impressed by how Matt has turned things around this year with three impressive victories and I'm delighted he's committed to another five fights with us. I think he has the ability to be a title contender in one of our most stacked divisions."


Todd Chattelle!

RETURNS OCT 4

On October 4th, Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle returns to the cage at Twin River Casino where he is tied for the most wins in the promotion's history.

The Hulk also tops the rankings in first round finishes, including his submission victory over Brett Oteri in 2011 to win the first ever CES MMA Championship belt.

Always an exciting fighter, Chattelle looks for his first win in 2013 when the cage door closes in less than a month! Tickets are on sale now at Twin River Casino and at the CES office. Visit www.CESMMA.com to purchase, or call us at 401-724-2253!


Kaline Medeiros V Rachel Sazoff!

CES MAKES HISTORY

Never before in the state of Rhode Island, or in the CES promotion's history, has there ever been a woman's bout in professional mixed-martial arts. That all changes on October 4th when Kaline Medeiros and Rachel Sazoff step in the cage at Twin River Casino.

Here is a message from Kaline on her upcoming historic bout:

"To fight at this venue is exciting, but to have the opportunity to represent female MMA fighters in the first professional women's MMA fight for CES, as well as in Rhode Island, is amazing! I hope to bring the fight of the night and give everyone a show"


WSOF 6!

Francisco France V Hans Stringer, Chad Robichaux V Andrew Yates

World Series of Fighting's first-ever event in Florida continues to fill out, and a light-heavyweight matchup of Francisco "Kiko" France (8-3) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2) and a bantamweight contest of Chad "Robo" Robichaux (10-2) vs. Andrew "The Golden Boy" Yates (7-0) are the latest additions to the lineup.

Both matchups take place on the World Series of Fighting 6 preliminary card, which streams live on the promotion's official website, WSOF.com, and precedes the night's two-hour, nationally-televised main card on NBCSN.

Featuring the first championship bout in the promotion's history with Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl, "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl," takes place Oct. 26 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 6 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

The 30-year-old France is a jiu-jitsu wizard who has earned all eight of his career wins by way of submission. A Finney's Hit Squad fighter, France has competed professionally for more than five years and boast wins over UFC veterans James McSweeney and Cale Yarbrough. Most recently, France earned a first-round submission win over Dan McGlasson by way of armbar.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Stringer also makes his World Series of Fighting debut after having his planned first appearance scratched just one day before the scheduled bout. Stringer was expected to face longtime veteran Lew Polley at August's World Series of Fighting 4 event, but Polley missed weight by more than 30 pounds and was ruled out of the fight.

The Blackzilians-trained Stringer has lost just once in his past 13 appearances. Seventeen of his 21 career wins have come by way of stoppage.

Meanwhile, "Robo" Robichaux is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and 14-year MMA veteran with extensive experience in both the professional and amateur ranks. Seventeen of his 19 total career wins have come by way of submission, including 15 first-round tapouts.

A Special Operations Force RECON Marine who also worked with the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service, Robichaux is also a veteran of several tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the undefeated Yates also makes his first World Series of Fighting appearance. A member of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva's famed Wand Fight Team, Yates turned pro in 2011 following an extensive amateur career of more than 25 fights. The 24-year-old has defeated all seven of his professional opponents, including four wins by way of submission and one by knockout.

Additional World Series of Fighting 6 bouts will be announced shortly.


Fight Now TV!

Home For SUPERKOMBAT Kickboxing

Fight Now! TV, America's 24/7 combat sports cable channel, is now THE exclusive home of SUPERKOMBAT Fighting Championship in the United States. SUPERKOMBAT is currently a European leader in fight TV production, featuring world-class kickboxing.

Fight Now! TV's exclusive deal with SUPERKOMBAT will bring five live events to the U.S. this year from September through December.

The newly founded international media partnership kicks-off this Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, with two days of recent SUPERKOMBAT events airing on Fight Now! TV's Every Night a Different Fight timeslot.

The exciting action culminates in the promotion's live U.S. debut this Saturday afternoon (Sept. 28) with SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix, LIVE starting at 3 p.m. ET from Botosani, Romania.

"This is a great way to introduce combat sports fans to the talent and quality of events SUPERKOMBAT has to offer," said Brad Sanguin Programming & Production manager for Fight Now! TV.

"Fight Now! TV believes in ambitious projects, so we decided to make this deal a media partnership," SUPERKOMBAT President Eduard Irimia added. "We're hopeful that this may be the beginning of a long term relationship. We are proud to air the first event broadcasted live in the USA - SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix. I am confident that this project will have only positive effects for both brands."

A heavyweight Superfight is set for the main event as Benjamin "Mr. Gentleman" Adegbuyi takes onwith Reamon Welboren, highlighting an eight-fight card also featuring a four-man heavyweight tournament. The winner will land a spot in the SUPERKOMBAT Final Elimination event on November 9.

American Leroy Johnson will be featured in the single-night tournament, as well as Giannis Stoforidis, Gaetan Sautron and D'Angelo Marshall. SUPERKOMBAT stars Andrei "Mr. KO" Stoica, Dzenan Poturak and Ionut "Pitbull" Atodiresei are also slated to fight on the Sept. 28 kickboxing event.


Johns V Brum!

CAGE WARRIORS 62

NEWLY-CROWNED Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Brett Johns has put pen to paper for his first title defence, just over a week after clinching the gold.

Johns (9-0) will put his belt on the line against James Brum on Saturday, December 7, 2013, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship travels to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, for what's currently scheduled as CWFC 62.

Undefeated Johns climbed to the summit of the CWFC bantamweight division at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff on September 14, when he overcame both David Haggstrom and Jordan Desborough in the same evening to win the promotion's four-man 135lbs title tournament.

Despite enduring a gruelling eight rounds on the night en route to winning the title, the 21-year-old Welshman has wasted no time in scheduling his next outing, with a mouthwatering clash against Brum booked for CWFC's first ever show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

A judo black belt, Johns debuted for Cage Warriors last October as a featherweight, when he impressively overcame Sam Gilbert by unanimous decision. His next CWFC win came via second-round TKO at the expense of James MacAlister at Cage Warriors 54 in May.

"James Brum has been at the top of this division for a while, he's someone I've watched over and over again," said Johns. "He's a sound guy too and a win over him would be huge for me. That's exactly why I wanted to fight Brum. I can't wait already."

Brum (13-2) earns his shot at the CWFC bantamweight title after putting together a 6-0 streak under the Cage Warriors banner since making his debut for the promotion in February 2012.

Bantamweight title challenger James Brum A 26-year-old native of Portsmouth, England, Brum is the highest-ranked European bantamweight outside the UFC and hasn't tasted defeat since facing current UFC star Erik Perez back in September 2011.

Brum was named CWFC Fighter of the Year for 2012, courtesy of victories over Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville and Moktar Benkaci, before continuing his winning streak this year against Olivier Pastor and - most recently, at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya last month - Ruslan Abiltarov.

Brum said: "Brett Johns deserved to win the title at Cage Warriors 59, but now he's in with the sharks and I'm the biggest shark in the division. After six fights abroad for Cage Warriors, I'm excited by the prospect of returning to the UK to fight for what I believe is my title.

"For me, this has "Fight of the Year" written all over it. I guarantee that on December 7 in Newcastle, I'll be walking into that cage the challenger and walking out the new Cage Warriors bantamweight champion of the world."


CAGE WARRIORS!

Fight Night 9

A PAIR of welterweight bouts have been added to the card for CWFC Fight Night 9, which takes place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, 25 October, 2013.

Ten-fight Cage Warriors veteran Jack Mason will clash with CWFC debutant Abusupiyan Magomedov, while a third Cage Warriors career victory will be the aim for both Piotr Ptasinski and Lee Caers when they lock horns.

Mason (24-12) will be keen to return to the win column after dropping a narrow decision loss to Ali Arish on his most recent outing at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool back in July, a defeat which snapped a four-fight win-streak.

The 31-year-old Englishman said: "I'm really excited to be fighting in the Middle East again and I'm itching to get back in the cage after my last fight. I'm going to put on a good performance and get another victory against a top European fighter in Abusupiyan Magomedov.

Magomedov (9-2), a 23-year-old fighter from Dagestan who's currently based in Germany, has built up a big reputation on the continent since making his professional debut in February 2010, and has already taken two first-round TKO wins in 2013.

"To fight for an organisation as big as Cage Warriors is a dream come true for me and I hope to make the most of this opportunity," said Magomedov.

Meanwhile, Piotr Ptasinski will join Trojan Freefighters team-mate Che Mills on the CWFC Fight Night 9 card for what's likely to be an exciting tussle with Lee Caers.

After suffering defeats to CWFC pair Mohsen Bahari and Ashley Beaumont in the second half of last year, Ptasinski (5-3) rebounded with a second-round submission of John Redmond at Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin this past June.

"I'm really happy to be fighting for Cage Warriors again and as always you can expect me to be involved in an exciting and entertaining fight," said Polish-born 29-year-old Ptasinski.

Caers (9-3) returns to action in search of his third consecutive CWFC win, having recently seen off the challenge of Aaron Thomas via first-round submission at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff.

The 29-year-old Englishman, who has tasted defeat just once in his last seven outings, said: "This is a good match-up and it'll be a test for me, but it's a test that I'll pass. Like my nine wins so far, I expect to finish the fight."


CAGE WARRIORS!

Fight Night 9

CWFC Fight Night 9, which is set for Friday, 25 October 2013, will now take place at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

The event had originally been scheduled for Isa Town in Bahrain on the same date, but several logistical issues have caused CWFC officials to decide on a change of destination for the promotion's eleventh event of 2013.

"We were extremely excited about bringing Cage Warriors back to Bahrain again but a few logistical problems have unfortunately arisen, which meant that staging the event to Cage Warriors' usual high standards wasn't going to be possible," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

"As a result, rather than cancelling the event entirely and leaving our athletes on the card without fights to prepare for, we've been able to organise - despite the short notice - for CWFC Fight Night 9 to take place in Jordan instead.

"We've had some fantastic shows there already and this one will be no different. I want to offer my apologies to the Cage Warriors fans in Bahrain but we'll do everything we can to get back there as early as possible in 2014."

CWFC Fight Night 9 will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's fifth event in Amman, the first of which was back in June 2011.

The promotion's most recent event in the Jordanian capital, CWFC Fight Night 7 in September of last year, saw Chris Fields defeat Pavel Kusch in the final of CWFC middleweight title tournament, as well as victories for CWFC featherweight champion Jim Alers and current UFC star Leo Santos.

Next month's event will feature a host of Cage Warriors' top names, such as Bruno Carvalho, Gael Grimaud, Che Mills, Faycal Hucin, Paul Redmond and many more.

Meanwhile, Ryan Roddy will be re-matched for his outing at CWFC Fight Night 9 after opponent Mario Saeed suffered an injury in training over the weekend.

Mario sustained a broken neck but, in spite of the serious nature of the injury, the Bristol native and his camp are confident that he'll make a return to action after what's expected to be a lengthy lay-off.

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to wish Mario a very speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him make his CWFC debut in 2014.


CAGE WARRIORS!

Links Up With Samsung

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship is pleased to announce that it has agreed an exciting new partnership with Samsung.

The deal will see all Cage Warriors video content made available on demand via Samsung's new SportsFlow application, which is currently available across South-East Asia.

Over 25 million Samsung mobile devices are in operation in the region, which covers Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand.

By downloading the SportsFlow app, Samsung customers in these territories will be able to access a whole host of CWFC video content via their mobile device, including features, interviews, promos and an extensive archive of Cage Warriors bouts.

"This content distribution partnership with a company of Samsung's stature is further evidence of how rapidly Cage Warriors Fighting Championship continues to progress, and I'm looking forward to seeing this partnership flourish," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

"I'd like to thank Maurizio Barbieri, Samsung's Head of Sports, for his help in putting this deal in place, and also for thinking outside the box and embracing mixed martial arts.

"I'm currently in the process of finalising two very significant deals, which will ensure that 2014 will be the biggest year in the history of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Fighters will no longer need to look to the USA to carve out successful careers."

According to Samsung, SportsFlow aggregates content from the most respected sports sources in the world, providing users with the chance to stay up to date with what is going on in one single glance.

As a SportsFlow user, you can personalise your experience, arranging content according to your own preferences. Content is easy to share, so friends will know what you're commenting on or bragging about. Optimised for tablets, SportsFlow is the perfect companion if you want to catch up on the latest news or check the latest scores.

Having just recently launched SportsFlow, the app is currently available exclusively to Samsung mobile device users in the aforementioned South-East Asian territories, but the company aims to eventually launch SportsFlow as its official sports service across the globe.


Hucin V Mills!

CWFC Fight Night 9

A MIDDLEWEIGHT bout between Che Mills and Faycal Hucin will be contested at CWFC Fight Night 9.

The event, which will be Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's eleventh of 2013, is set to take place at Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain on Friday, 25 October.

Mills (15-6-0-2) will be fighting at middleweight for the first time since falling short against CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred at Cage Warriors 55 back in June.

Having later announced his intention to switch to the 185lbs division, Mills was then scheduled to face Valentino Petrescu last weekend at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff, but the bout was pulled after both fighters took ill.

A native of Gloucester in England, 30-year-old Mills signed exclusively for Cage Warriors earlier this year, following a four-fight stint with the UFC.

"I can't wait to get back in the cage and entertain the fans," Mills said. "My opponent is well-rounded and I expect an explosive match. I'm also looking forward to visiting Bahrain and I thank Cage Warriors for the opportunity."

Hucin (9-3) will be keen to stake a claim for a shot at the vacant CWFC middleweight title as he goes in search of his fourth Cage Warriors win in five outings.

The 25-year-old missed out on a shot at the belt last year after a unanimous-decision loss to Victor Cheng in the semi-finals of Cage Warriors' title tournament, which was Hucin's only defeat in his last eight bouts. He booked his semi-final spot after a first-round KO of recent Bellator "Fight Master" contestant Gareth Joseph.

The Frenchman returned to winning ways by overcoming John Michael Sheil last October, before most recently submitting former KSW champion AntonI Chmielewski at CWFC Fight Night 8 this past May.

The charismatic Parisian said: "I'm in great shape for this fight because I've been working hard. I'm looking forward to dancing in the sunshine and putting on a good show."


Alfaya V Fitch!

Oct. 26

A welterweight clash between gritty American Top Team fighter Marcelo "Grilo" Alfaya (15-6) and perennial top-ranked contender Jon Fitch (24-6-1) is the latest addition to the lineup for "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl."

The bout completes the four-fight NBCSN-broadcast main card of the Oct. 26 event, which takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

The new pairing joins the night's headlining matchup of Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman (26-9) vs. Steve Carl (20-3), who compete for the first-ever World Series of Fighting welterweight title, a bantamweight co-feature between Carson "Little Juggernaut" Beebe (14-2) and Marlon Moraes (11-4-1), as well as the bout that kicks off the evening's broadcast, Justin Gaethje (9-0) vs. fellow lightweight Dan "The Upgrade" Lauzon (17-4).

The nationally televised event, which airs live on NBCSN, marks the promotion's debut in the Sunshine State.

Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 6 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

"We're very excited to announce the addition of Marcelo Alfaya vs. Jon Fitch to our Oct. 26 event in Florida," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Jon's track record in the sport speaks for itself, and Marcelo is an 11-year MMA veteran who has been waiting for an opportunity like this. When you add this fight to the lineup we've already announced for the evening, this card has all the potential to be our best night of fights yet."

A native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Alfaya now makes his home in Florida, where he trains with the famed American Top Team. "Grilo," which is Portuguese for "cricket," is 6-1 in his past seven fights, including his most recent appearance, where he needed just 26 seconds to score a first-round knockout. A well-rounded veteran who has been fighting professionally since 2002, Alfaya owns four career knockout wins and six victories by submission. He now fights for the first time under the World Series of Fighting banner.

Meanwhile, Fitch has long been considered one of the absolute best 170-pound fighters in the sport of MMA. A 35-year-old member of California's American Kickboxing Academy, Fitch made his World Series of Fighting debut in June and suffered a shocking submission loss to Burkman in a rematch of the pair's original 2006 meeting, which Fitch won by tapout. Fitch looks to make a statement in his second fight for the promotion in hopes of booking a trilogy bout with Burkman, perhaps even with the World Series of Fighting welterweight title on the line.


CWFC Fight Night 9!

Redmond V Teodorczuk, Roddy V Saeed, Haque V Marin

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship returns to Bahrain next month for a card which is taking shape following the addition of three exciting bouts today.

CWFC Fight Night 9, the promotion's first event in Bahrain since May 2012, will take place at Khalifa Sports City on Friday, October 25.

The bill will feature a return to action for top Irish lightweight Paul Redmond, who'll aim to continue his hot streak against Polish rising star Mateusz Teodorczuk.

Redmond (8-3) has taken five CWFC wins on the trot since making his promotional debut in June of last year, a run that has seen him stop the likes of Lew Long, Alexei Roberts and - most recently - Marc Allen.

"I'm really grateful for another opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors. I think this is a great match-up for the fans. I feel I've progressed even further in my skills since my last fight and I'm looking forward to showcasing them," said the 26-year-old Dubliner.

While Redmond has taken all eight of his wins inside the distance, Teodorczuk (10-2) hasn't been stopped since being submitted by veteran German middleweight Gregor Herb three years ago.

The 28-year-old, who's currently on an eight-fight win-streak, said: "I'm very happy to be displaying my skills on the top European promotion. I'm looking forward to continuing my good run and I expect Paul and myself to put on a memorable fight.

Also in lightweight action, Ryan Roddy will return to the cage for the first time since losing to Paul Redmond at Cage Warriors 55 when he clashes with CWFC debutant Mario Saeed.

Roddy (5-1) has been sidelined due to injury since that New Year's Eve loss, which came via toe-hold, and saw the 23-ear-old Irishman beaten for the first time in his career.

"I can't wait to put on a show for the people in Bahrain," Roddy said. "It's going to be exciting to get back into the mix in the Cage Warriors lightweight division."

Saeed (5-1), who'll be looking for his fifth successive win, signed exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship earlier this year, having impressed on the domestic scene in the UK.

A 25-year-old native on Bristol, Saeed said: "I'm really looking forward to finally making my debut for Europe's biggest promotion and I plan on putting on a show for the fans."

Meanwhile, a flyweight bout has also been signed for the CWFC Fight Night 9 bill, with Shaj Haque and Paul Marin both returning for their third CWFC appearances of 2013.

Haque (3-0), a 22-year-old Englishman, was snapped up by CWFC following a very impressive upset win at the expense of Kris Edwards at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff back in May.

"Fighting abroad is a first for me so I'm very excited," said Haque. "It's a highly-respectable opponent who has fought some top-ranked fighters, but I see this as another step towards the flyweight title."

Looking to return to winning ways in Bahrain on October 25, Marin (5-3) was last in action at Cage Warriors 53 back in April when he was bested by current CWFC flyweight champion Neil Seery.

The 28-year-old Romanian said: "I'm training really hard with a lot of motivation for this and I'm grateful to Cage Warriors for giving me another opportunity. I can't wait for this fight."


Cage Warriors 60!

Lightweight Tournament Pairings Set

A FOUR-MAN tournament will take place at Cage Warriors 60 to determine a new CWFC lightweight champion, and today officials have revealed details of the semi-final pairings.

Cage Warriors 60 will take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, 5 October. Tickets, priced from just 25, are currently on sale.

To be contested on the night, the lightweight tournament will feature Jason Ball, Ivan Buchinger, Stevie Ray and Mick Sinclair, all of whom will be aiming to pick up the two wins required to clinch a belt that was vacated by Conor McGregor earlier this year.

Buchinger (23-4) will face Sinclair (12-3) in one semi-final, while on the other side of the draw, Ball (20-12) and Ray (12-4) will also clash for a coveted place in the decider.

Each semi-final bout will consist of two five-minute rounds and an additional overtime round will be contested in the event of a draw. Five five-minute rounds will be scheduled for the final.

The semi-finals will feature on the CWFC 60 preliminary card, with the final scheduled to conclude the night's action as the main event.

In order to facilitate any enforced withdrawals, the previously-announced meeting of Sean Carter and Richard Griffin will act as a reserve bout.

Meanwhile, a women’s bout has also been added to the CWFC 60 card, which will be the promotion's 10th of 2013.

Former Muay Thai world champion Amanda Kelly (0-0) will make her professional MMA debut in a bantamweight bout against fellow Brit and Muay Thai practicioner Hannah Stephens (2-1).


ARLOVSKI BEATS KYLE!

WSOF 5

Heavyweight Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (20-10) wanted to prove to his doubters that he can still take a punch. He took several of them from a bruising Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-10-1) but picked himself up off the canvas to score an impressive decision win on the main event of Saturday's World Series of Fighting 5 fight card.

The headlining contest took place at New Jersey's Revel Atlantic City and aired live on NBCSN. A replay of the show airs on the network Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. ET.

Arlovski, who stepped in on one month's notice for an injured Anthony Johnson, was fighting for the first time since having his jaw shattered in a March outing. He wasn't gun shy in his return, and Arlovski went toe-to-toe with Kyle throughout the 15-minute thriller.

Kyle, who also competes in the 205-pound division, looked incredible from start to finish, and he scored knockdowns in both the first and third rounds. But Arlovski rebounded well each time, and his volume of work in both the first and second frames - landing his own stiff punches and kicking the legs, as well - proved enough to erase his faults, and he was awarded an entertaining decision win, 29-28 on all three cards.

"It was a great fight," Arlovski said after the win. "He's a top fighter, and I really appreciate him for this fight.

"I guess I could have followed the gameplan more, but I did what I did. It was a good comeback from my fight March 23."

In the night's co-main event, David Branch (13-3) assured he'll fight for the World Series of Fighting middleweight title with a one-sided decision win over Brazilian veteran Danillo Villefort (14-5) in the middleweight tourney semifinal bout.

While Villefort looked to strike, Branch repeatedly took the fight to the floor and controlled the position with a dominant top game that stifled his foe. While Villefort was strong in defense from his back, he was never able to offer any counter offense, and Branch was awarded all three rounds, claiming the clear decision win.

Branch will now meet an opponent yet to be determined for the inaugural World Series of Fighting 185-pound belt.

"It feels good," Branch said after the win, his third for the promotion. "This is my destiny. I was the first fight for the WSOF, and I want to be the first middleweight champion."

Heavyweight Derrick Mehmen earned the biggest win of his career, scoring a second-round knockout over submission ace Rolles Gracie.

Gracie surprised in the opening round, largely forgoing the ground game in favor of boxing with his opponent. The unexpected gameplan worked well early but backfired in the second frame, when Mehmen started to get comfortable in his striking game.

With Gracie retreating in a standup exchange, Mehmen blasted him with a clean right hand to the chin. Gracie was out on his feet, and his body slowly twirled before crashing to the canvas in a highlight likely to be seen for years to come. Mehmen was awarded the knockout win at the 2:40 mark of the second round.

In a bizarre moment rarely seen in combat sports, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board officials called off a middleweight tournament bout between Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (26-9) just moments before the two were scheduled to hit the cage.

According the commission, Mutapcic took a prescription pill that had not been cleared for use.

"There were some prescriptions that weren't given to our doctors during the physicals and that weren't approved by us, the commission," a commission official said. "So since we don't know what they are and what they do, we canceled the fight.

"We can't take that chance to have that fight go off, so those things need to be looked at, and they need to be talked about. We just feel that we're not going to have a fight in New Jersey when we don't know what someone is taking."

Mutapcic insisted he didn't take any pills and that the inspector may have mistaken him for his manager, who is currently using medication for a heart condition.

"I really don't know what happened, what [the inspector] saw," Mutapcic said. "She might have been taking some medication, herself. I put in a good 10-week training camp. I worked my ass off. I know Taylor's ready. I'm not sure if she mistaked me for my manager, who has a heart prescription. He was the one that had it. We're all dressed the same - same T-shirt, same hat. I mean, there's four of us, and she's pointing me out, that I took it. I say I'll take a blood test. I'll give a hair sample if they need it. I've got nothing in my system. I'm completely clean."

Nevertheless, the decision had already been made.

World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said both Mutapcic and Taylor would still receive their show money, and the company would look to reschedule the fight as soon as possible, with the winner meeting Branch for the promotion's first 185-pound belt.

"It is sad to see this happen," Sefo said. "I've been in martial arts for 25 years and have never seen anything like this. Elvis has been training for this fight for 10 weeks, but the commission has made its decision and we have to live with it."

Competing for the first time under the World Series of Fighting banner, featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan (22-3-1) announced himself as an instant contender in the promotion with an impressive first-round finish of Waylon Lowe (14-5).

The fight, which kicked off the evening's NBCSN-broadcast main card, saw Karakhanyan set the tone from the opening bell with powerful kicks to the legs and body. As Lowe looked for an opportunity to move inside agains the strikes, he made a costly mistake, leaving his neck exposed on a takedown attempt. Karakhanyan latched on to a guillotine choke and fell to his back, quickly squeezing and earning the tap at the 3:37 mark of the first frame.

"I would've like to have showcased my standup more, but if it goes to the ground, I'm always looking for a finish," Karakhanyan said after the win. "If you step in this cage, I'm going to finish you. I'm a finisher."

In the night's featured preliminary bout, Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2-1) patiently worked through a first-round armbar that seemed sure to end his night to bounce back for a decision win over a previously undefeated Artur "The Arabian Nightmare" Rofi (6-1).

Rofi, who offered up a constant barrage of trash talk before and during the contest, looked as if he'd end the fight with the quick submission attempt, but Glenn patiently waited through the hold and kept his limb safe until the bell. Over the final 10 minutes, Rofi looked as if the intense attempt had sapped his energy, and Glenn peppered him with left hands on the feet.

Rofi moved forward until the final bell, but it was Glenn who was the busier, more accurate fighter, and he was awarded a unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28. Afterward, Glenn admitted he enjoyed silencing his outspoken foe.

"It's the best," Glenn said. "When someone talks smack to you like that, and they're disrespectful, I just try to stay humble. I'm glad I won."

New Jersey's own Jimmie "El Terror" Rivera survived an incredible opening-round barrage from opponent Sidemar "Sideco" Honorio to battle back for an incredible unanimous-decision win.

A pinpoint counter hook sent Rivera crashing to the floor in the first, and Honorio rushed to mount and looked to finish the fight with punches. But a courageous Rivera somehow survived the assault and escaped the position.

Once back on his feet, Rivera turned up the volume and pressed the action as a stunned Honorio fought on in disbelief. The two entertained until the final bell, but Rivera's workload swayed the judges, and he was awarded a unanimous-decision win with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

"It's about pushing the pace," Rivera said after the fight. "That's what I do every fight, and that's what I'm going to keep doing, non-stop.

"I don't give up until I'm out or the referee is jumping in. I keep going to the fight. That's what's always going on in my head."

With a 12-fight win streak, Rivera may very well soon see himself vying for a World Series of Fighting title.

In welterweight action, Rich Patishnock (6-1) became joined a small fraternity of fighters who have defeated multiple members of MMA's First Family by scoring an impressive decision win over Gregor Gracie (7-4).

It was Gracie who took the fight to the floor early, but Patishnock crawled back to his feet and punished his opponent on the feet. Gracie stood firm in the pocket and traded blows, but it was the constant pressure of Patishnock that saw him through to a unanimous-decision win, with scores of 30-27, 29-28and 29-28.

Afterward, Patishnock admitted he wasn't sure if he had executed well enough in his sprawl-and-brawl approach but was happy to get the result.

"That was my strategy," Patishnock said. "I really didn't think I did that well with my strategy, but that was my strategy, and I'm glad everybody thought I did it."

Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-1) improved to 2-0 under the World Series of Fighting banner with an impressive submission win over Andrew "Ozzy" Osbourne (7-6).

The action started on the feet, with both fighters trading thunderous kicks at various levels. But in the second, Dugulubgov caught one of those kicks and dropped his foe with a straight left counter. From there, Dugulubgov pounced on his opponent and dropped back to attack the leg, securing an Achilles lock that earned a tap 72 seconds into the second round.

"Victory comes only from God," Dugulubgov said after the win. "If you truly believe, your thoughts become your actions. I wanted to show my standup, try a little bit of new things here and there, but I knew if the fight went to the ground, I have much more opportunity there. When it went down, I saw [the submission] was there, and with confidence, I just went for it. Thank God it worked."

In the night's first contest, debuting middleweight Neiman Gracie (1-0) proved victorious in his first appearance as a professional, scoring a first-round submission win over Darren Costa (0-2).

It was Costa who scored with his hands early, but submission ace Gracie clinched up, brought the fight to the floor and rolled quickly into an armbar, forcing the tap at the 3:57 mark of the first round.

"I'm very happy to be here," the 24-year-old Gracie said after the win. "This is a dream. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to fight, and finally I'm here."


WEIGH IN ALERT!

WSOF 5

The official weigh in for World Series of Fighting 5 "Arlovski vs. Kyle" on NBCSN took place on Friday at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The five-bout televised broadcast will air LIVE on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Main-event heavyweight Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (19-10) weighed in at 240 pounds even while his opponent Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) tipped the scales at 218.5 pounds.

Said Arlovski: "I'm excited to face Mike and I'm ready to go. I didn't watch any of his past fights. My team studied him and I have a game plan that I will execute. The World Series of Fighting 5 has been a great promotion to fight for."

Said Kyle: "I want to thank Ray Sefo and The World Series of Fighting for everything they've done for me. They're going to make me a star. I have a bright future with this group and it's just great to be a part of it all."

The evening's preliminary card features an additional five bouts, which stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 5 start at $29 and are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Andrei Arlovski (19-10) 240 lbs. vs. Mike Kyle (20-9) 218.5 lbs.

Danillo Villefort (13-4) 185 lbs. vs. David Branch (12-3) 185.8 lbs.

Derrick Mehmen (15-5) 246.8 lbs. vs. Rolles Gracie (8-1) 249.2 lbs.

Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) 186 lbs. vs. Jesse Taylor (26-9) 185 lbs.

Georgi Karakhanyan (21-3) 145.2 lbs. vs. Waylon Lowe (14-4) 146.2 lbs.

Rick Glenn (13-2) 144.8 lbs. vs. Artur Rofi (6-0) 146 lbs.

Sidemar Honorio (8-3) 136 lbs. vs. Jimmie Rivera (12-1) 136 lbs.

Rich Patishnock (5-1) 170.6 lbs. vs. Gregor Gracie (7-3) 170.6 lbs.

Andrew Osborne (7-5) 160.6 lbs. vs. Ozzie Dugulubgov (4-1) 160.2 lbs.

Darren Costa (0-1) 186 lbs. vs. Neiman Gracie (0-0) 185 lbs.


World Series Of Fighting 5!

WEIGH-IN STREAMS LIVE FRIDAY

Weigh-in streams live at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on: wsof.com

The two-and-a-half-hour NBCSN telecast airs 30 minutes earlier than previously reported, going live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and features a headlining bout between Andrei Arlovski (19-10) and Mike Kyle (20-9-1), a pair of middleweight tournament matchups in David Branch (12-3) vs. Danillo Villefort (14-4) and Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) vs. Jesse Taylor (26-9), a heavyweight attraction in Rolles Gracie (8-1) vs. Derrick Mehmen (15-5) and a featherweight showdown between Georgi Karakhanyan (21-3-1) and Waylon Lowe (14-4).

The evening's preliminary card features an additional five bouts, which stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 5 start at $29 and are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.


World Series Of Fighting 5!

CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call this afternoon to discuss the WSOF 5 event taking place this Saturday, Sept. 14. The Ovation Hall inside the Revel Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ will play host and the two-and-a-half-hour NBCSN telecast which airs 30 minutes earlier than previously reported, going live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT

The conference call featured WSOF president Ray Sefo, along with headliners Andrei Arlovski (19-10) and Mike Kyle (20-9-1). The other participants of the call included middleweight tournament contenders David Branch (12-3) who takes on Danillo "Indio" Villefort (14-4) and Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) who will be fighting Jesse "JT Money" Taylor, as well as a heavyweights Rolles Gracie (8-1) and his opponent Derrick "Caveman" Mehmen (15-5) and featherweights Georgi Karakhanyan (21-3-1) who will battle Waylon Lowe (14-4), who was unable to attend the call.

The prelims feature an additional 5 bouts, which also include matchups between Gregor Gracie (7-3) vs. Rich Patishnock (5-1) and Neiman Gracie (0-0) vs. Darren Costa (0-1) streams on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 5 start at $29 and are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The following are fighter highlights from the conference call:

ANDREI ARLOVSKI

It's going to be an interesting match for myself and my fans and I'm looking forward to fighting this Saturday.

I'm very excited about this fight, I've been training hard even during the 6-8 weeks when my jaw was wired. During that time I did a lot of cardio stuff and a lot of technique stuff and I'm really excited about Mike. I think he's a good match for me.

Mike Kyle has a big mouth. He said he's going to knock me out.

MIKE KYLE

This is one of my biggest opportunities. I feel great. I'm coming off a great win, a knockout over Travis Wiuff. ... I'm starting to feel comfortable in the ring again, and I'm really excited to go out there and perform and put on the show that I'm capable of doing.

(You were originally expected to face Anthony Johnson. Is that a fight you still want?)

I like that fight, definitely. I don't think there are too many fights I'm not interested in. But yeah, I'd definitely love to fight Anthony Johnson. I'd love to fight Tyrone Sponge. I like those guys. They're good, straight strikers, and it makes for a good fight. I'm sure the fans would love to see that fight. But as of now, all I'm trying to think about is Arlovski. I don't want to look past him. He's a very tough opponent. He's known to knock people out, and he's coming from a great camp, as well, with Greg Jackson, so I'm looking forward to this fight, and I'm trying to look past this fight.

(How do you plan on avoiding his power?)

I plan on having better footwork, and I plan on hitting him first.

JESSE TAYLOR

(What does it feel like to be a part of World Series of Fighting?)

It's really awesome. I've been traveling all over the world, and it's been real cool seeing new places and fighting all sorts of people. But it's real nice to have a home. It's a reputable organization, the WSOF. I'm back in the States and can get some good exposure, where I can show my skills off. I'm just really excited to be back in a good, big show.

(Would you consider a possible move back down to welterweight at some point?)

I really got comfortable back at middleweight. I kind of grew a little bit, too, so I think middleweight is a good weight for me. But I'm all about big fights, and I have thought about there are definitely some big names down at welterweight that I would love to get my hands on. But I've just got to take care of business first. I can't look past Elvis. He's a really tough and game opponent, so I'm just really concentrated on him, and then we'll see what happens after that fight and with the whole tournament. We'll see what happens down the road.

ELVIS MUTAPCIC

(What's the transition like from Canada to the World Series of Fighting?)

I think to keep me motivated, I've got to keep stepping up the competition. I keep fighting guys that are better than the previous guys I fought, so that keeps me motivated. Two, I'm really glad to be back in a cage. I thought I'd like the ring, but the ring has proven not to work for me. World Series is a great sport for up-and-coming fighters, and I just feel they've got a lot of hungry guys. They're going to great in their careers there, and I'm just glad to be a part of it.

I'm trying to make a living in this. I'm not trying to do this as a hobby. A belt is nice, but I'm getting an opportunity to get a different, better belt.

DAVID BRANCH

(Should you be considered the tournament favorite?)

I don't think I should be given any favoritism. All of the guys in the tournament are proven fighters. They're veterans. They've been around the block. We've just got to get in there and get it done. That's it. I don't like to have any favoritism. I was on the first fight in the WSOF, and I definitely want to be the first champ of the middleweight division, but at the same time, I've got some tough opposition against me, and I've been getting ready for it properly. We'll just get it done.

DANILLO VILLEFORT

(When facing another Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, are you interested in proving your submission skills or just picking up a win?)

Every fight is a different fight. David Branch, he comes from a very great gym. Renzo Gracie is a great coach and a great professional. But my family has been in the business since 1957. My whole entire family has been fighting, and I believe in my pedigree. I have no fear to go to the ground with my opponent. I'm not saying I'm going to tap or finish him, but wherever he takes it, I'm ready. I like to fight not just on the ground. I like to strike, too, so let's see what game he wants to do. I'll be ready for it.

ROLLES GRACIE

(How do you feel ahead of the fight?)

I'm feeling great for this fight. Derrick is definitely a tough opponent. I can't take him lightly. I'm really looking forward to this fight. I don't know what's going to happen in the fight. I can say, 'I wish this,' or, 'I wish that,' but it's only once you step in the cage that you know what's going to happen. So I'm ready to do whatever it takes. Whatever it comes down to in the cage, I'm ready and prepared for it. I feel a lot more experienced and a lot more ready for it.

(This is a special night for the Gracie family. What does it mean for you all to still be featured so prominently?)

We are very excited to be a part of this. We're really thankful to World Series of Fighting for making such an event and making this opportunity happen for all of us. It was great to not only have my brother and my cousin on the card but David Branch and my other teammates on the card. We all trained together. We got to improve together. We got to push each other forward and make ourselves better. It was an amazing, amazing training camp for all of us, and I'm really looking forward to Saturday night.

DERRICK MEHMEN

(You're the underdog here, so are you hoping to shock the world?)

I guess you could say that. I fee like he has a lot of expectations on him. Maybe that gives him a little extra pressure. I have no expectations on me, but I feel it's a great matchup for me, a great fight.

(Why did you move back to heavyweight? Is this switch permanent?)

It's a permanent switch. I had been thinking about it before Strikeforce really, moving to heavyweight. This seemed like a great opportunity to move to heavyweight right now.

GEORGI KARAKHANYAN

As a fighter, it's very important because fighting is how I feed myself and my family. It's great to have a home like World Series of Fighting. A couple of organizations opened up their eyes and wanted to sign me. I don't want to talk about the rest of the organizations, but I'm just happy that I finally landed somewhere where I can get to compete.

He has a powerful left hand. I'm not going to go in there and underestimate him and think he's going to just wrestle me. I'm going to go in there prepared no matter what he's going to want to do to me if it's wrestling or it's standup. I prefer to keep the fight standing and kick the shit out of him and throw a couple of knees, but if he tries to outwrestle me, then I'll break my wrestling out and grind out a decision win over him.


World Series Of Fighting 5!

Sponsored By Hit Supplements

HIT Supplements, an up-and-coming sports nutrition brand, is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with World Series of Fighting ahead of the company's next Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, "World Series of Fighting 5: Arlovski vs. Kyle," which takes place this Saturday, Sept. 14, at New Jersey's Revel Atlantic City Hotel, Resort & Casino.

World Series of Fighting 5, which features a heavyweight headliner between sambo master Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (19-10) and heavy-handed slugger Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1), airs live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

MMA, in recent years, has moved from an emerging spectacle to a mainstream and well-established sport that attracts a passionate, primarily younger audience. The sport involves highly skilled mixed martial artists inside a 28-foot cage and fuses two or more styles of fighting that often includes Brazilian jiu-jitsu, freestyle wrestling, boxing, tae kwon do, jeet kun do, judo and karate. The athletes are highly trained in the multiple styles, and the fights are as extremely technical as they are exciting.

The HIT Supplements' brand, logo, and slogan - Hit Harder - pair well with World Series of Fighting, and the two companies' target demographics are nearly identical.

"Partnering with the World Series of Fighting was a natural fit for us," HIT Supplements President Shawn Fernandez said. "Everything about MMA, from the intense competition to the caliber of athletes in the cage, screams HIT. When you really understand the amount of training these guys put in and the dedication, it's easy to see why World Series of Fighting is an event we would want to support."


WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING!

AIRS ON NBCSN AT 9PM ET/6 PM PT ON SEPT. 14

World Series of Fighting 5's two-and-a-half-hour NBCSN telecast airs live thirty minutes earlier than previously reported at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The main card features a heavyweight slugfest between sambo master Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (19-10) and AKA product Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) serves as the evening's main event.

The night's NBCSN-televised main card also includes previously announced middleweight tournament bouts of David Branch (12-3) vs. Danillo "Indio" Villefort (14-4) and Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) vs. Jesse "JT Money" Taylor, as well as a heavyweight matchup of Rolles Gracie (8-1) vs. Derrick "Caveman" Mehmen (15-5) and a featherweight contest between Georgi Karakhanyan (21-3-1) and Waylon Lowe (14-4).

The five-bout preliminary card, which includes matchups of Gregor Gracie (7-3) vs. Rich Patishnock (5-1) and Neiman Gracie (0-0) vs. Darren Costa (0-1) streams on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 5 are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.


McDonough Forced Out Of Title Tilt!

Cage Warriors

MARTIN McDONOUGH'S hopes of being crowned CWFC bantamweight champion in Wales a week on Saturday have unfortunately been dashed, after the Welshman sustained a hand injury during a sparring session yesterday.

An initial medical examination has revealed that McDonough (11-4) suffered a fracture which will rule him out of Cage Warriors 59's four-man bantamweight grand prix, which is now just nine days away.

The 24-year-old, who has clocked up a 3-0 Cage Warriors record since making his promotional debut last year, is due to undergo an MRI scan shortly, so an accurate time-frame for his return to action has yet to be given.

McDonough's place in the CWFC bantamweight tournament, which is set for Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, September 14, will now be taken by his Tillery Combat team-mate Kris Edwards.

Edwards (8-5) was scheduled to face Aaron Blackwell in a tournament alternate bout at Cage Warriors 59, but the 23-year-old has now been promoted to fill the void and face James Pennington in the semi-finals, with Brett Johns and David Haggstrom still set to clash on the other side of the draw.

Cage Warriors officials hope to re-match Blackwell on an upcoming card, while the winner of the Cage Warriors 59 prelim between Timur Mercanoglu and Jordan Desborough will be placed on standby should a vacancy arise in the tournament on the night.

Edwards recently made the decision to return to the bantamweight division following a disappointing stint at flyweight, during which he suffered back-to-back losses in his two most recent bouts.

After signing an exclusive contract with the promotion, the Abertillery native made his CWFC debut with an impressive win over Janne Elonen-Kulmala at CWFC Fight Night 5 in Jordan in April of last year, after which he opted to make the move to 125lbs.

Life in his new weight class began well for Edwards, as he submitted Brian Hyslop in the second round of their meeting at Cage Warriors 48 in London in July 2012, a win that saw him jump straight into the top-three in the UK's flyweight rankings, having previously occupied fifth spot at bantamweight.

Next up for Edwards was Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff last October, but an injury picked up by opponent Mark Platts just a week out from the fight saw Alan Philpott called in as a replacement, with the bout being contested at 135lbs due to the late notice. But it was Philpott who emerged victorious, as Edwards dropped a loss for the first time since July 2011.

Edwards, who holds wins over CWFC's James Brum and Spencer Hewitt, returned to action back in May at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff, but again he was forced to deal with a late change of opponent, with Shaj Haque drafted in at the eleventh hour to replace the injured Karl Harrison.

After enduring a difficult weight-cut which saw him miss the mark by 0.7lb, an uncharacteristically languid Edwards was edged out by Haque via split decision, leaving him with consecutive defeats for the first time in his career.

As Edwards returns to the bantamweight division a week on Saturday, the Welshman says he's keen to return to top-form by putting in the type of performance which saw him regarded as one of the top young prospects in Europe last year.

"I'm absolutely gutted for Martin," said Edwards. "I've seen first-hand how hard he's prepared for this tournament and he's devastated to have picked up an injury. But I'm thrilled with the chance to replace him and I'll do my best to bring that title back to Tillery Combat."

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan added: "Everyone involved with Cage Warriors is extremely disappointed for Martin McDonough. He deserves his place in the tournament but I'm sure he'll come back stronger and earn another title shot in the near future. I wish him well in his recovery.

"I want to say best of luck to Kris Edwards in the tournament. I know he's been disappointed with his last couple of performances, but were it not for a difficult cut to flyweight, he probably would have been in contention for this anyway. It's all set up for a very exciting tournament in Cardiff next week."

Meanwhile, Owain Parry has also sustained an injury which has ruled him out of his CWFC 59 lightweight prelim against Jamie Rogers, so 21-year-old Englishman Sam Gilbert has been called in as a replacement.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 59 at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, September 14, are priced from just 25.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Lightweight Title Tournament

A FOUR-MAN tournament will be contested at Cage Warriors 60 to determine a new CWFC lightweight champion.

The title, which was vacated by Conor McGregor earlier this year, will be up for grabs when Cage Warriors returns to The Forum in London on Saturday, 5 October, 2013.

Scotland's Stevie Ray, Slovakian Ivan Buchinger and English pair Mick Sinclair and Jason Ball will battle it out in pursuit of the promotion's lightweight crown.

The victorious fighter will need to overcome two opponents in one night for the right to be crowned Cage Warriors' 155lbs champion, with semi-final pairings to be announced in due course.

Each semi-final bout will consist of two five-minute rounds and an additional overtime round will be contested in the event of a draw. Five five-minute rounds will be scheduled for the final.

The semi-finals will feature on the night's preliminary card, with the final concluding the Cage Warriors 60 bill as the main event. A reserve bout will also be added to the card in order to facilitate any enforced withdrawals.

THE CONTENDERS

The most experienced participant in the tournament, Jason Ball will be competing for Cage Warriors for the fifth time in his career and the third time in 2013.

The 29-year-old is a well-rounded fighter, taking nine (T)KO and nine submission wins since making his professional debut in January 2005.

Ball is likely to be on a revenge mission on October 5, having previously suffered decision losses to two of his three tournament rivals - Mick Sinclair and Ivan Buchinger.

The Doncaster native hasn't been stopped in his last 14 outings, with his most recent stoppage defeat coming via submission against UFC veteran Paul Sass in November 2008.

"This opportunity has been my target since returning to Cage Warriors," said Ball. "I said then that I wanted to be the champion and this is my chance to get the belt.

"The tournament format adds an extra challenge and excitement. Four tough guys will be aiming to win the belt but I plan on putting on a show and bringing it back to Doncaster."

Ranked as one of Europe's top lightweights, Ivan Buchinger gets his second shot at the CWFC lightweight title on October 5 in London.

Defeated by Conor McGregor in the main event at Cage Warriors 51 in Dublin last New Year's Eve, the Slovakian has rebounded in impressive fashion in 2013.

Buchinger edged out Jason Ball by unanimous decision at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff back in May, before submitting Jamal Magomedov last month at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya.

Still just 27, Buchinger has notched 20 career wins inside the distance and counts Diego Gonzalez, Jarkko Latomaki and Bellator tournament winner Magomedrasul Khasbulaev among his notable victories.

Three of Buchinger's four losses have come at the hands of UFC veterans, in Conor McGregor, Akira Corassani and Anton Kuivanen.

He said: "I'm very happy to have another chance to fight for this title. I have worked hard to get it and I'm very determined to make the most of this chance."

A member of Scotland's renowned Dinky Ninjas camp, Stevie Ray is the tournament's youngest participant at 23 years of age.

Three of Ray's four career losses came at welterweight, with his only defeat at 155lbs coming via decision against three-time UFC veteran Curt Warburton.

Holding wins over CWFC veterans Dale Hardiman, Merv Mulholland and Vincent del Guerra, Ray has taken 10 of his 12 victories by stoppage - six via submission, four by (T)KO.

"I'm really excited and grateful to Cage Warriors for giving me the chance to fight for their lightweight title in London on October 5," said Ray.

"I believe I'm better than I've ever been right now, I'll be ready for whoever is in front of me and I'm determined to bring that belt back to Scotland."

The tournament's elder statesman at 31, Englishman Mick Sinclair will be competing for Cage Warriors for the fourth time in his career.

The younger brother of Bellator lightweight Rob Sinclair, Mick holds wins over fellow CWFC veterans Jason Ball, Oriol Gaset and Ashleigh Grimshaw.

With 10 of his 12 victories coming inside the distance, Mick Sinclair was signed to an exclusive Cage Warriors contract earlier this year.

"I'm delighted Cage Warriors have given me this chance and I'm really looking forward to getting in there on October 5," he said.

"I'm in there with three other top fighters who'll also be looking to put on a show. This is a very exciting challenge and it's one I can't wait for."


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Mills V Petrescu Fight Off

Unfortunately the middleweight bout between Che Mills and Valentino Petrescu, scheduled for Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff on September 14, will no longer go ahead.

Valentino withdrew last week due to health reasons which will force him into a long lay-off. Leeroy Barnes had agreed to step in and take Valentino's place, but Che has now also taken ill so the fight has been removed from the card.

Please see below for the current and finalised fight card:

MAIN CARD

David Haggstrom/Brett Johns vs. James Pennington/Martin McDonough

Jim Alers vs. Martin Svensson

Mats Nilsson vs. Denniston Sutherland

Lewis Long vs. Tommy Maguire

Dave Hill vs. Brian Moore

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Lee Caers vs. Aaron Thomas

Martin McDonough vs. James Pennington

David Haggstrom vs. Brett Johns

NON-STREAMED PRELIMS

Aaron Blackwell vs. Kris Edwards

Owain Parry vs. Jamie Rogers

Jordan Desborough vs. Timur Mercanoglu

Brett Caswell vs. Paul Rogers


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Snaps Up Cory Tait

CORY TAIT (7-2) has committed his immediate future to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

Currently on a three-fight win-streak, the highly-rated English bantamweight has signed a deal to compete exclusively under the CWFC banner for his next five fights.

Tait becomes part of a bantamweight roster that already includes the likes of James Brum, Ronnie Mann, Martin McDonough, James Pennington and Brett Johns.

"I'm excited to be signing with Cage Warriors," said Tait. "Like myself, the promotion has come a long way in the last few years. I think this is the perfect time for me to show what I'm capable of and for Cage Warriors to have me."

A 25-year-old with a kickboxing background, Tait has taken all seven of his professional wins by stoppage, with four (T)KOs and three submissions on his record.

The 25-year-old, who holds notable wins over Spencer Hewitt, Nathan Beer and Dino Gambatesa, is a former bantamweight and featherweight champion for UK promotion UCMMA.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Four Dublin Dates Confirmed

THE HELIX has penned a deal with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship to host the promotion's next quartet of Dublin events.

The deal will see Cage Warriors hit Ireland's capital on four occasions between 31 December, 2013, and the corresponding date in 2014, giving Dublin three consecutive New Year's Eve events following the enormous success of last December's Cage Warriors 51.

In addition to the New Year's Eve events of 2013 and 2014, The Helix will also play host to Cage Warriors on Saturday, March 8, and Saturday, July 26, next year.

"We're delighted to be making such a strong commitment to the Irish market over a 12-month period, particularly at a such a fantastic venue," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

"After selling out our previous shows there, the huge demand and interest from the Irish fans could have convinced us to choose a bigger venue, but the intimate nature of The Helix has contributed to making our previous Dublin shows so special.

"We've had some very memorable Cage Warriors moments at The Helix already and I'm looking forward to seeing more of those with this next batch of events, starting with CWFC 63 this New Year’s Eve."

Cage Warriors' dates for The Helix, Dublin:

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Saturday, 8 March, 2014

Saturday, 26 July, 2014

Wednesday, 31 December, 2014

CWFC first came to The Helix in June of last year when Conor McGregor defeated Dave Hill to capture the promotion’s vacant featherweight title at Cage Warriors 47.

McGregor stole the show again last New Year’s Eve at CWFC 51, when a first-round KO of Ivan Buchinger saw the Irishman become the first fighter to simultaneously hold CWFC titles in two unified weight classes.

More history was made when CWFC most recently visited The Helix for Cage Warriors 55 this past June, when Dublin’s own Neil Seery submitted Mikael Silander to become the first ever CWFC flyweight champion.


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Set For Newcastle

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship will hit Newcastle, England, in December for the promotion's penultimate event of the year.

Officials can today confirm that Saturday, December 7, will see the city's Metro Radio Arena will play host to CWFC's eighth UK show of 2013, which is currently scheduled as Cage Warriors 62.

The venue, which can cater for up to 11,000 fans, will open ticket sales shortly for an event that's set to attract huge attention in the north-east of England.

Cage Warriors 62 will be the first CWFC event to be held in the region since November 2003, when Cage Warriors 5 took place in nearby South Shields.

"The Cage Warriors fans in the north-east have been begging me to bring the show up there for a long time so we're delighted to be doing that on December 7," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan.

"Based on the number of requests I've had, we've obviously got a huge following in Newcastle and the surrounding area, so I think this has the potential to be our biggest event of the year.

"We've got some excellent local talent on our roster, such as Alex Enlund, Liam James, Shaj Haque and Chris Scott, and I'm sure they - along with the big national and international names we'll bring in - will be keen to put on a show.

"We've had successful arena shows in Cardiff and Liverpool already this year, but I'm really looking forward to this one. I think Cage Warriors in Newcastle will be something special."

Cage Warriors 62 will be the first of two CWFC events in the month of December, with another visit to The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, booked for New Year’s Eve.


Carvalho V Grimaud!

CWFC Fight Night 9

TWO of the top welterweights on the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship roster will collide when the promotion makes its return to Bahrain later this year.

Khalifa Sports City will play host to the meeting of Bruno Carvalho and former CWFC welterweight champion Gael Grimaud on Friday, October 25, at CWFC Fight Night 9, which will be the promotion's 11th event of 2013.

Carvalho (15-6) will be aiming for his second successive CWFC win, having overcome Steve Dinsdale - who was a late replacement for the injured Mohsen Bahari - at Cage Warriors 52 in March.

That victory saw the 31-year-old BJJ black belt rebound from a narrow decision loss to current CWFC welterweight title-holder Cathal Pendred last October at Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff.

A Brazilian currently based in Sweden, Carvalho holds victories over former KSW middleweight champion Vitor Nobrega, Dream veteran Tatsuya Mizuno, former Pride middleweight Jean-Francois Lenogue and The Ultimate Fighter 11 contestant Kyacey Uscola.

Grimaud (17-6) also returns to Cage Warriors action for the first time since last March’s CWFC 52, when he relinquished the welterweight title via a unanimous decision defeat to Cathal Pendred.

The 33-year-old Frenchman was victorious when Cage Warriors last visited Bahrain, submitting Jesse Taylor to retain the belt in the third round of the CWFC Fight Night 6 headliner in May of last year.

Grimaud, who has 13 stoppage wins - 11 by submission - on his record, was crowned CWFC welterweight champion in September 2011 thanks to a second-round TKO triumph against Arni Isaksson at CWFC Fight Night 2 in Jordan.


Hani Darwish!

Congratulates New EFC Champs Jen Lopez & Barat Jan

Promoter Hani Darwish of The Darwish Brothers sends his congratulations and thanks to all the participants, staff and fans who made his Saturday, August 24, MMA WARRIOR event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, such a tremendous success.

"First I want to congratulate our newest champions, Jen Lopez and Barat Jan. Jen avenged her only career defeat and won the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Roya Darvishian in a sensational fight. And Barat continues to win exciting fights. He's now our EFC Super Middleweight Champion. He beat Victor Romero by unanimous decision. I'm very proud to have these two sensational athletes as champions for the EFC."

Darwish also sends his thanks to all the other fighters, their fight camps and coaches who supplied all the heart-stopping action that night.

"My thanks go out to all the camps: Allstar BJJ, Alex Wilkie's MMA, AMA, Blueline Defense, Camp SoaLak, Eagle Martial Arts, Extreme Fight Club, Ironbound Fight Club, Lionheart MMA, Lloyd Irvin MMA, Modern Martial Arts, Nick Catone's MMA, Pellegrino MMA, Pure MMA, Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida BJJ, Rosky MMA, Spartan Fitness, Team Bonner, Team Dessalines, Worthington MMA, and Zocchi MMA for their support. And also to all the fighters who participated. It was such a great event because of all your courage."

Thanks also go out to the venue staff, state commissioners and the EFC staff who make the events run so smoothly and to the sponsors who support the events.

"Thank you to all the great people at the Trump Taj Mahal and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Commission, thanks to all our sponsors and to Nick Lembo and to all of our EFC staff: Suzan Dee, Michael McEnerney, Ashure Elbanna, Rob Stepnowski, Michael Herbert and Andre Courtemanche. Thanks also to Mike Straka, Mike Constantino, Dante Rivera and Andy Main for their work on the broadcast, and to Dean Stone for his superb ring announcing."

EFC will return later this year on September 21 at Trump Taj Mahal and November 30 at Parsippany PAL.


Lopez Beats Darvishian!

EFC WARRIOR

Whippany, New Jersey's Jen Lopez (5-1) evened the score with arch rival Roya Darvishian (5-3) on Saturday night (August 24) at the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and won the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in the process.

Fighting in the main event of "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: WARRIOR" MMA event, Lopez won a spirited, highly competitive unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 30-27), avenging the split decision loss she suffered earlier this year.

In the two other EFC title fights scheduled, 40-year-old Barat Jan (4-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, New Jersey, won the EFC Middleweight Championship with a unanimous decision (29-28 X 3) over Victor Romero (3-4) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey; and Gabriel Ruiz (3-2-1) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey fought to a draw against Romero's teammate Jovany Alvarez (4-2-1) from Modern Martial Arts.

Jennifer Lopez vs. Roya Darvishian Lopez wins unanimous decision in three rounds, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27

Barat Jan vs. Victor Romero Jan wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28

Gabriel Ruiz vs. Jovany Alvarez This bout is ruled a majority draw after three rounds, 28-28, 28-28 and 29-28(Ruiz)

Ricky Bandejas vs. Robert Wallin Bandejas wins via tap due to rear naked choke at 2:53 of round three

Tim Lutke vs. Mike Forte Lutke wins via TKO referee stoppage at 0:10 of round one

Tim Dooling vs. Nathaniel Fultz Fultz wins via tap due to armbar at 2:42 of round two

Andres Segovia vs. John Monaco Segovia wins unanimous decision in three rounds, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28

Nicholas Kracsun vs. Andres Velasquez Velasquez wins via tap due to rear naked choke at 2:03 of round two

Rodrigo Correa vs. Matt Firneno Firneno wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 30-26

Justin Hinds vs. Charles Argilan Hinds wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-27

Raeph Koch vs. Tyreek Jacobs Jacobs wins tap due to guillotine at 1:56 of round two

Nile Dillon vs. Nicholas Manela Dillon wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28

Jorge Luna vs. Andrew Smith Smith wins via TKO referee stoppage at 1:35 of round one

William Dodd vs. Damon Bonner Dodd wins via tap due to head and arm choke at 1:21 of round one

Adam Sylvester vs. Kevin Gocklin Gocklin wins via tap due to armbar at 2:11 of round one

Anthony Verdesco vs. Brandon Browne Verdesco wins via tap due to rear naked choke at 1:54 of round two


EFC WARRIOR!

Tickets Nearly Sold Out

Tickets are nearly sold out for tonight's (Saturday, August 24), "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: WARRIOR" MMA Event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"It's a combination of factors," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "We have our first female main event, which is the rematch of a sensational fight. Plus we have two other title fights between some of the most popular fighters in Jersey. The entire card is strong top to bottom and the fans have acknowledged it by supporting the young fighters in this event."

Darwish says he's happy to be working with the Taj Mahal to build this successful MMA series.

"The Trump with their slot specials for ticket buyers and their overall professionalism to work with has been wonderful. It truly is a perfect situation to be in as a promoter and I'm very grateful. I'm looking forward to another unforgettable event this Saturday.

EFC WARRIOR will feature in its main event Maryland MMA fighter Roya Darvishian (5-2) taking on Whippany, New Jersey's Jen Lopez (4-1) EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in the featured bout, as well as two more title fights, as Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

12 other exciting bouts are also on the schedule for tonight.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors 58

All fighters are on weight and ready for action at Cage Warriors 58 tomorrow at Olympisk Arena in Grozny, Chechnya.

Weigh-ins for the event took place this afternoon at the Grozny City Hotel in the heart of the Russian republic's capital.

Cage Warriors 58 will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Viktor Halmi and Chechnya's own Beslan Isaev, while the show will also feature top CWFC veterans such as James Brum, Matt Inman and former title challengers Ivan Buchinger and Pavel Kusch.

The only fighter who initially came in overweight today was Akhad Mammadov, who's scheduled to take on Liam James in a featherweight bout.

Mammadov tipped the scales at 0.3lb above the 146lbs limit, but returned well within the two-hour extension period at a weight of 145.7lbs.

MAIN CARD

Welterweight: Viktor Halmi (170lbs) v Beslan Isaev (168.8lbs)

Heavyweight: Michal Andryszak (249.3lbs) v Ion Cutelaba (228lbs)

Bantamweight: James Brum (135.6lbs) v Ruslan Abiltarov (135.5lbs)

Middleweight: Charles Andrade (184.7lbs) v Bakhtiyar Abbasov (185.9lbs)

Lightweight: Ivan Buchinger (155.1lbs) v Jamal Magomedov (155.7lbs)

Middleweight: Chris Scott (185.3lbs) v Pavel Kusch (185.5lbs)

Welterweight: Matt Inman (170.3lbs) v Bagautdin Sharaputdinov (170.3lbs)

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Featherweight: Liam James (145.8lbs) v Akhad Mammadov (145.7lbs)*

Welterweight: Mihail Serdyuk (170.8lbs) v Khusein Khaliev (170.4lbs)

Welterweight: Mohsen Bahari (170.5lbs) v Alexander Voitenko (168.2lbs)

Featherweight: Alex Enlund (145.8lbs) v Sebastian Romanowski (145.5lbs)

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158lbs catchweight: Denys Pidnebesnyi (155.2lbs) v Zubair Tuhugov (157lbs)

210lbs catchweight: Aslambek Musaev (210.6lbs) v Zubair Kamamyan (195.6lbs)

210lbs catchweight: Radjabov Sohib (208.6lbs) v Abdul-Kerim Edilov (210.6lbs)

*Initially weighed in at 146.3lbs but made the contracted weight within the two-hour limit


EFC WARRIOR!

This Saturday

The complete card has been announced for The Darwish Brothers' latest MMA blockbuster: EFC WARRIOR, being held this Saturday (August 24) in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

12 support bouts are scheduled in addition to the three big title fights, headlined by Maryland's Roya Darvishian (5-2) rematching Whippany, New Jersey's Jennifer Lopez (4-1) for the EFC Bantamweight Championship; Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ facing Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, facing Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Anthony Verdesco from Lionheart Modern Martial Arts in South Amboy, New Jersey will fight Brandon Browne of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey

Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.)

Kevin Gocklin of the Ironbound Fight Club in Newark, New Jersey will face Adam Sylvester (1-1) Rosky Combat Sports Training Center in Rahway, New Jersey

Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.)

Will Dodd of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will take on Damon Bonner (0-3) of Millville, New Jersey

Middleweight (over 154 to 161 lbs.)

Nick Manela (1-0) from Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Robbinsville, New Jersey, will battle Nile Dillon (0-2) of Sparta NJ Mixed Martial Arts in Lafayette, New Jersey

Super Welterweight (over 147 to 154 lbs.)

Tyreek Jacobs (1-0) of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will take on Raeph Koch of Camp Sao Lak in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Justin Hinds (0-1) Kurt Pellegrino's Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Belmar, New Jersey will go against Charles Argilan (1-0) Worthington Martial Arts

EFC Featherweight Championship (over 122 to 126 lbs.)

Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Rodrigo Correa of the Ironbound Fight Club in Newark, New Jersey, will make his debut against Matt Firneno (1-0) of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ

Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.)

Nicholas Kracsun (2-1) from Lionheart Modern Martial Arts in South Amboy, New Jersey will face Andres Velasques (1-0) of Pure Mixed Martial Arts in Denville, New Jersey

Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.)

John Monaco of Blue Line Defense and Fitness in Ewing, New Jersey, will battle Andy Segovia of Tiger Schulmann's Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Super Welterweight (over 147 to 154 lbs.)

Tim Dooling (2 -1) of Blue Line Defense and Fitness in Ewing, New Jersey, will battle Nate Fultz of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ

Junior Heavyweight (over 197 to 210 lbs.)

Tim Lutke (1-0) of AllStar BJJ/MMA in Kenilworth, New Jersey, will face Mike Forte (2-1) from Alex Wilkie's Martial Arts Academy, in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Super Lightweight (over 135 to 140 lbs.)

Robert Wallin (2-0) of Carmine Zocchi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy of Queens, New York will go against Ricky Bandejas (6-1) of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ

EFC Middleweight Championship (over 154 to 161 lbs.)

Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, New Jersey, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey

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EFC Bantamweight Championship (over 112 to 118 lbs.)

Jennifer Lopez (4-1) of AMA Fight Club of Whippany, New Jersey, will rematch against Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin's Martial Arts Academy in Camp Springs, Maryland

Ticket buyers to the Saturday, August 24, "EFC WARRIOR" event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal can bring their ticket to the promo booth, sign up for a Trump card, and will then receive $10 free bonus slot dollars on to the card, which can be used at any slot machine at the Taj on fight night.

For more information on EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm.

All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: Tickets are going fast, support your local fighters by purchasing them now before it's too late.


Cage Warriors 58!

Preview

Set to take place in the Russian republic of Chechnya this Saturday, Cage Warriors 58 is to be headlined by the meeting of Chechen star Beslan Isaev and Viktor Halmi.

Cage Warriors 58 will mark the promotion's inaugural visit to Chechnya, with the action scheduled for the Olympisk Arena in the capital city of Grozny.

Isaev (23-6), a Grozny native, is one of Europe's most highly-regarded welterweights and will be fighting for the 30th time in his professional career.

The 29-year-old has taken all but two of his 23 victories by stoppage - 11 submissions, 10 (T)KOs - and holds notable wins over UFC veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam and CWFC middleweights Pavel Kusch and Valentino Petrescu.

Halmi (14-5), a 28-year-old Hungarian, also boasts an impressive record which includes 11 submission finishes from 14 career wins.

Elsewhere on the bill for CWFC 58, heavyweight prospects Ion Cutelaba and Michal Andryszak will collide following the clash of rising Ukrainian star Ruslan Abiltarov and top English bantamweight James Brum.

That's just a small taste of some of the action scheduled for this Saturday's bill.

MAIN CARD

Viktor Halmi v Beslan Isaev

Michal Andryszak v Ion Cutelaba

Ruslan Abiltarov v James Brum

Bakhtiyar Abbasov v Charles Andrade

Ivan Buchinger v Jamal Magomedov

Chris Scott v Pavel Kusch

Matt Inman v Bagautdin Sharaputdinov (replaces the injured Eldar Eldarov)

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Mohsen Bahari v Alexander Voitenko

Liam James v Akhad Mammadov

Khusein Khaliev v Mihail Serdyuk

Alex Enlund v Sebastian Romanowski


Darvishian V Lopez II!

Lopez Planning To Fight Like Her Life Depended On It

The odds would seem to be stacked against Whippany, New Jersey, MMA fighter Jen Lopez (4-1) in her next fight.

Not only will she be going for her first MMA title in her first career main event, but she will also be facing the only woman to ever defeat her, Maryland's Roya Darvishian (5-2).

Lopez and Darvishian will rematch for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship in the main event of The Darwish Brothers Presents: EFC WARRIOR, this Saturday (August 24) in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

"It's a little added pressure," admitted Lopez. "Our last fight was a split decision; it was close and I've corrected my mistakes this time. This time I'm fighting as if my life depended on it. Last time, it wasn't that I didn't give it my all, but this time, I'm going in smarter than last time and I'm going in with all my heart."

Lopez, a striker at heart with good all-around skills, says she's excited to be back in the cage with an opponent as formidable as Darvishian.

"She's a go-getter, very aggressive. I respect her. There are not a lot of female fighters with good technique, but she's one of the few. And a lot of females aren't good wrestlers, but she's good. I look forward to this fight because I am happy to be fighting a female fighter who can really fight. She'll be tough. Beating her will be enjoyable because it won't come easy. People will respect this win even more.

A testament to the strength of willpower, 23-year-old Lopez is a personal trainer during the day and a bartender at night, yet still finds time to train two or three times a day at MMA Fight Club in Whippany and AllStar Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kenilworth.

"I get home at four in the morning to wake up at six or seven to go training. I have a female teammate at AllStar. Working with guys is not the same feel. The guys I work out with bust my ass and push me, but it's not the same as fighting a female close to your weight and strength, who can give you that actual feel of getting in the cage."

Healthy, in perfect shape and ready for her biggest career fight to date, Jen Lopez says she's enjoying her first stint as a main event fighter.

"This is the first time everyone is taking about one of my fights and asking me for interviews. It's definitely a new experience for me. I'm getting experience in how to do interviews and it's preparing me for the future for when I do turn pro, getting me used to it. I love it."

Event co-promoter Hani Darwish says he's expecting an even better performance from both ladies. "These women are both tremendous talents and both know what's at stake. Jen Lopez knows what she did wrong in the first fight and will be coming full force to avenge her only loss. I expect their second fight to be another classic."

EFC WARRIOR will host two more title fights, as Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

Ticket buyers to the Saturday, August 24, "EFC WARRIOR" event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal can bring their ticket to the promo booth, sign up for a Trump card, and will then receive $10 free bonus slot dollars on to the card, which can be used at any slot machine at the Taj on fight night.

For more information on EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm.

All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: Tickets are going fast, support your local fighters by purchasing them now before it's too late.


Darvishian V Lopez II!

Darvishian Keeping A Level-Headed Approach To Rematch

If Maryland MMA fighter Roya Darvishian seemed a bit nervous this week, it'd be perfectly understandable.

After all, a huge crowd is expected this Saturday (August 24) to watch the 21-year-old, as she appears in her first main event, (and the first ever staged by the organization hosting the show) against a very tough opponent, at one of Atlantic City's top casinos.

Naturally, some might be feeling the pressure, but if Darvishian is feeling it, she's certainly not showing it.

Darvishian (5-2) will face Whippany, New Jersey's Jen Lopez (4-1) in the featured bout this Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, as The Darwish Brothers present their latest MMA blockbuster: EFC WARRIOR.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

"There's not really any added pressure; a fight is a fight for me," explained Darvishian after a sparring session with her boyfriend of three years, fellow MMA fighter Marcus "Menace" Daniels. "At my first couple fights it was a little nerve wracking. I still get nervous, but once you're in there, it's time to do what you do. Your body just takes over and there are no more nerves. I'm just focused on winning. I don't care who's around or if it's the main event. All of my focus is just on the fight."

The two female warriors already had a sensational war last February 16 at Xtreme Caged Combat: Mayhem, with Darvishian emerging victorious by split decision. The stakes are upped, however, in the rematch as they will be competing for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Darvishian says she's been preparing for another tough fight, mixing her training time between Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, Maryland, and Sugar Ray Leonard's Boxing Gym.

"She (Lopez) lost last time, so she'll come at me even harder this time. I didn't really do anything different for this one; I'm just trying to get better at the stuff I've been doing. I feel very good."

Darvishian works nights at UPS and spends her days working toward her dream of pioneering a 105-lb female division in the UFC.

"The UFC has definitely been my goal since I started. I'm working my way up to be a fighter for them, even if they don't have anybody my size yet that they've signed. I work at night, so I have my whole day to train. And that's all I really do is train.

While so many have said the two ladies put on a classic performance in their first encounter, Darvishian says she has little memory of the fight.

"People say it was a good fight, but I don't really remember it because my body just kind of took over. I remember in the third round, we boxed. I already knew I had won the first two rounds. I just want to get in there and show how much I've improved and put on a great performance for the people."

"Roya is a true credit to the sport," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "She's in fantastic shape and ready to put on another great show. I can easily picture both these women becoming MMA stars someday and I'm very excited to be hosting this important rematch."

EFC WARRIOR will host two more title fights, as Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

Ticket buyers to the Saturday, August 24, "EFC WARRIOR" event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal can bring their ticket to the promo booth, sign up for a Trump card, and will then receive $10 free bonus slot dollars on to the card, which can be used at any slot machine at the Taj on fight night.

For more information on EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm.

All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: Tickets are going fast, support your local fighters by purchasing them now before it's too late.


EFC WARRIOR!

August 24th

The Darwish Brothers and the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City have decided to once again offer their very successful $10 Bonus Slot Dollar opportunity to attendees of their upcoming MMA show.

Ticket buyers to the Saturday, August 24, "EFC WARRIOR" event in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal can bring their ticket to the promo booth, sign up for a Trump card, and will then receive $10 free bonus slot dollars on to the card, which can be used at any slot machine at the Taj on fight night.

Tickets for EFC WARRIORare priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online atwww.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

EFC WARRIOR will host no less than three exciting title fights, headlined by the rematch of a sensational war last February between Jen Lopez (4-1) from AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey, and arch-rival Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, Maryland for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

"This slot promotion was so successful that we're bringing it back," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish of The Darwish Brothers. "The fans who come to our shows get to watch the best of New Jersey MMA in action and then, after the show, they can play the best slots in the city at the best casino. It's win/win."

In the other co-featured bouts, Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: All EFC events sell out. Purchase your tickets now before it's too late.


Lopez V Darvishian II!

EFC WARRIOR

History will be in the making in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, on Saturday, August 24, when New Jersey's premier MMA promoters, The Darwish Brothers, will present EFC WARRIOR a night of full-contact cage fighting topped by, for the first time in EFC history, a female main event.

In a rematch to their sensational war last February, Jen Lopez (4-1) from AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey, will once again lock up with arch-rival Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, Maryland. Their three-round female war will be the featured bout at EFC WARRIOR and will also be for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

Darvishian and Lopez met on February 16 at Xtreme Caged Combat: Mayhem and, after three of the most brutal rounds in female MMA this year, Darvishian was able to secure a razor-thin split decision victory. This time, with a title on the line, they will fight three more rounds and Lopez is on a mission for revenge.

With EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Christopher Vallaro forced to withdraw from the event with a broken nose, event co-promoter Hani Darwish says he didn't hesitate to elevate the two ladies into the main event.

"I'm extremely proud to be hosting a female main event at one of our shows," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "These ladies truly deserve to be honored this way after the show they put on in their first match-up. Both of them are extremely talented athletes and they're both very eager to get in the cage again."

EFC WARRIOR will host two more title fights, as Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ and Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, will fight for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: Tickets are going fast, support your local fighters by purchasing them now before it's too late.


Font Blasts Foster!

De Freitas Scores Monumental Win Over O'Neil

Only one spot separated Rob Font and Chris Foster in the ratings entering Friday night, but Font proved the distance is much greater with a dominating performance at Twin River Casino.

Ranked No. 3 in the northeast, Font (7-1, 2 KOs) captured Classic Entertainment & Sports' vacant featherweight title in the main event of Friday's mixed martial arts show at the Event Center, stopping the 4th-ranked Foster (7-3) with a series of unanswered blows at the 4-minute, 1-second mark of the opening round.

The Boston, Mass., native, who has now won six consecutive fights, turned the tide late in the opening round by brilliantly feigning a switch kick and catching Foster with a hard, right uppercut that sent the Meriden, Conn., featherweight drifting toward the cage. Font began hammering the stunned Foster with a series of short lefts and rights, mixing in elbows and flying knees, and eventually sent Foster to the canvas for good with a vicious right elbow to the temple. Seconds later, referee Kevin MacDonald wisely stopped the bout with Foster unable to defend himself.

Font became just the fourth champion in CES history, joining inaugural middleweight champion Todd Chattelle, reigning middleweight champion John Howard, and reigning lightweight champion Mike Campbell.

In the co-feature, a fight ranked among popular MMA website Sherdog.com's worldwide must-watch list, Brazilian welterweight Gil de Freitas (15-5, 5 KOs) blasted former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contender Chuck O'Neil (11-6) at the 3:37 mark of the opening round to earn his fifth career knockout. O'Neil, who entered the bout ranked No. 1 in the northeast among welterweights, maintained a steady pace early in the fight by utilizing his jab, but once the two stood toe-to-toe, the powerful de Freitas took control. After a hard uppercut by O'Neil, de Freitas answered with a series of combinations, eventually sending O'Neil to the canvas and forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight.

On the undercard, bantamweight Sophanirith Am (2-0, 1 KO) of Revere, Mass., won for the second time in as many fights, stopping newcomer Devin Pilkington (0-1) of Johnston, R.I., at the 2:24 mark of the second round following a slow start in the opening round. Middleweight Cheyenne Vazquez (1-0) of Boston won his debut by split decision, narrowly beating Framingham, Mass., native Terrell Clark, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28. In bantamweight action, Matt Doherty (2-0) of Salem, Mass., earned a technical knockout win over Johnny Campbell (5-5) of Plymouth, Mass., when the ringside physician stopped the bout at the end of the second round after Campbell dislocated his right shoulder. Campbell sustained the injury midway through the second round will trying to cushion a landing, but fought valiantly despite Doherty's efforts to end the bout with ground-and-pound.

Lightweight Andrew Osborne (7-5, 2 KOs) of Fayetteville, N.C., spoiled Springfield, Mass., native Damien Trites' (6-6) return to the cage, stopping Trites at 4:34 of the opening round. Fighting for the first time since 2011, Trites hit the deck late in the round following an overhand right from Osborne, who seized the opportunity and finished Trites with a series of unanswered blows. Making his Twin River debut, Delray Beach, Fla., resident and Peabody, Mass., native Charles Rosa (4-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Rocky Hill, Conn., welterweight Silvester Murataj (0-2), earning the knockout victory 46 seconds into the opening round. Rosa has yet to advance past the first round in each of his first four bouts.

Friday's show also featured the Twin River debut of former UFC middleweight competitor Tom Egan (6-3, 5 KOs), who stopped Framingham veteran Aldos Santos (3-2) 3:27 into the opening round. Egan has now won two consecutive bouts while Santos lost in his first fight since 2008. Bantamweight Rob Sullivan (2-1) of Baltimore, Md., used sheer strength to overwhelm East Providence, R.I., fan favorite Dinis Paiva Jr. (3-5) in a 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision while Brazilian heavyweight Juliano Coutinho (4-1), fighting out of Cape Cod, Mass., dominated the feisty Eric Bedard (5-4) of Providence in a 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 unanimous decision.


Nad Narimani!

Joins Cage Warriors

Nad Narimani has put pen to paper on a multi-fight contract with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

The deal will see Narimani (5-1) compete under the CWFC banner for his next five fights, as he aims to continue to assert himself as one of the top featherweights in the UK.

The 26-year-old Englishman performed extremely impressively when he put his unbeaten record on the line in his CWFC debut last month against fourth-ranked UK featherweight Graham Turner at Cage Warriors 56 in London.

After the bout went the distance, Turner snatched a split decision win but, in spite of the loss, it only served to enhance Narimani's reputation as one of the most promising prospects in the UK.

Prior to his Cage Warriors debut, Narimani picked up notable wins over Marcin Wrzosek and TUF alumni Karsten Lenjoint.

"I can't wait to get back in there for Cage Warriors to make a statement," said Narimani. "I'm really happy to have signed with such a good show."


BRAWL IN THE FALL!

SEPTEMBER 14

On Saturday, September 14, promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment will return with his annual outdoor "Brawl in the Fall" event, but this time at a new venue, the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Tickets for "BRAWL IN THE FALL" start at just $10 and are available at Freedomhill.net, The Freedom Hill Box Office, or by calling 888.929.7849. A limited amount of VIP Cageside Seats are available, please call: 586.268.9700.

Annually the top Donofrio MMA show of the year, BRAWL IN THE FALL will, as always, host many of the area's best MMA fighters in action-packed wars. 15 bouts are scheduled in total.

"We have never had a disappointing Brawl in the Fall show and this one is shaping up to be another smash success," said promoter Joseph Donofrio. "These annual shows are so popular with fighters and fans for a reason. They are simply unforgettable, from the outdoor venue to the action in the cage."

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre is one of the region's premier outdoor entertainment venues. The 7,200-person capacity venue (4,200 seats and 3,000 lawn spaces), venue recently recieved at least $2 million in upgrades including technology, cosmetic improvements and an overall enhanced customer service experience. Freedom Hill is located at 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, near Schoenherr in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

On fight night, doors open at 6:00 pm and fights start at 7:00. Match-ups will announced shortly. All bouts subject to change.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Twin River

Listed below are the official weights for the participants of the Friday, Aug. 9th, 2013 mixed martial arts event at Twin River Casino, presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports.

ROB FONT 144 V CHRIS FOSTER 144

CHUCK O'NEIL 170 V GIL DE FREITAS 170

JULIANO COUTINHO 263 V ERIC BEDARD 239

DINIS PAIVA JR. 137 V ROB SULLIVAN 137

TOM EGAN 183 V ALDO SANTOS 182

CHARLES ROSA 168 V SILVESTER MURATAJ 168

DAMIEN TRITES 164 V ANDREW OSBORNE 165

MATT DOHERTY 135 V JOHNNY CAMPBELL 135

CHEYENNE VAZQUEZ 185 V TERRELL CLARK 185

SOPHANARITH AM 135 .50 V DEVIN PILKINGTON 134


Blackwell V Edwards !

Cage Warriors 59

KRIS EDWARDS will return to bantamweight to face Aaron Blackwell at Cage Warriors 59 at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, 14 September, 2013.

The fight, which is to be contested over two five-minute rounds - with an additional overtime round in the event of a draw - on the preliminary card, will serve as an alternate bout for the CWFC bantamweight title tournament, which is scheduled for the same night.

Martin McDonough, Brett Johns, James Pennington and David Haggstrom will compete in the four-man event, with the victor clinching the vacant 135lbs belt.

The winner of the Blackwell-Edwards clash will be put on standby to enter the tournament if a vacancy arises due to one of the participants being deemed unable to continue because of injury or not receiving medical clearance.

Fighting in his native Wales, Edwards (8-5) will be making his fifth CWFC appearance and returns to the 135lbs division following a flyweight loss to Shaj Haque at Cage Warriors 54 in May, a bout for which he was unable to make weight.

The 23-year-old, who holds wins over James Brum and Brian Hyslop, said: "I'm over the moon to have the chance to fight in Cardiff again and I’m hoping to make it third-time-lucky. Cutting to 125lbs was too much for me so I'm hoping to put on my best performance yet and to get a chance to re-sign with Cage Warriors."

Blackwell (11-9-1), a 28-year-old Englishman who's unbeaten in his last four outings, returns to fight for Cage Warriors for the first time since at 2007 victory against Ashley Smith.

"Kris Edwards is a ranked UK fighter so this is a big opportunity for me," said Blackwell. "Fighting on Cage Warriors is a great chance that I welcome and I'm excited about. Kris is skilled and well-rounded, I respect his abilities and I'm looking forward to stepping in there with him."

Tickets for Cage Warriors 59, priced from just 25 (plus booking fee), are available to purchase


Font V Foster!

August 9th

Rob Font has the utmost respect for his opponent in Friday night's title bout at Twin River Casino, not to mention a unique description of his worthy adversary.

"He's like the black Chuck Liddell," Font said of Chris Foster, whom he'll face Friday, Aug. 9th, 2013 in a five-round bout for Classic Entertainment & Sports' vacant mixed martial arts featherweight championship.

"He's got great hands, but likes to take it to the ground, too. You have to be prepared for everything when you face a guy like him. I'm definitely going to bring it to him."

Font-Foster might not pack the same global punch as some of Liddell's classic Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) wars, such as his two title fights against Randy Couture or his showdown against Wanderlei Silva in 2007, but, given what's at stake, it might be the most important regional bout of 2013.

The Boston native Font (6-1, 1 KO) has won five consecutive bouts since suffering his first career loss last year and is now ranked No. 3 in the northeast among 145-pounders, while Foster (7-2, 4 KOs), a Meriden, Conn., enters Friday's bout ranked fourth following the biggest win of his career against Andres Jeudi in April. As far as title bouts go, this is a classic in the making, featuring two worthy opponents anxious to fight the best in their weight class, a possible prelude to this region's next great rivalry.

"I want to face the toughest fighters -- the tougher the better," Foster said. "Font's a real, tough dude. I'll need to bring my 'A' game Friday night."

"I always want to keep testing myself," added Font. "This is a great opportunity for both us. We're fighting for CES' first featherweight championship. We're making history. That's huge."

Foster narrowly beat Jeudi by split decision in a five-round bout in April, and Font faced an equally tough test that same month against the previously-unbeaten Lucas Cruz. Font won by unanimous decision, but had to fight his way back following a close shave in the second round.

"I learned a lot about myself in that fight," Cruz said. "It got scary in the second round when he got my back. He had me in a choke, but I got out of it."

Strange as it seems, Font has actually fared better against fighters with significant reach advantages, as was the case when he outworked the 6-foot-1 Saul Almeida in February. Font kept his taller opponent at bay with an effective jab, showcasing what might be his not-so-secret weapon against Foster.

"He's got pretty good boxing skill," Foster said, "but I have a good boxing background, too. It'll be a good, back-and-forth battle. I can see him switching it up -- stand-up, takedowns. I'll be expecting whatever comes my way."

"This will be explosive," countered Font. "He throws a lot of combinations. He's a great boxer. He has that great jab, too, so I'll definitely be trying to split that jab and utilize my own. My jab is my best weapon, so I'll be keeping it in his face the whole night -- lots of leg kicks and jabs. Hopefully that sets up the big left- and right-hook combinations."

With so many similarities between the two fighters, this one might come down to the intangibles. Foster fought five full rounds in his last bout; Font has never trained for or fought in a five-round bout. That has the potential to be a difference-maker if this fight goes past the third, but Font hopes his new training regimen will keep him fresh in the event this one goes the distance.

After struggling to make weight in his fight against Cruz, Font switched up his diet.

"I'm eating like a big boy now -- eating my vegetables," he said with a laugh.

As a result, he entered fight week feeling stronger than ever without having to worry about cutting too much excessive weight in advance of Thursday's weigh-in.

"I'm lighter than I've ever been," Font said. "I'm ready to go. I'm in great shape. I have to be knowing there's a chance I might have to go five rounds.

"After that Cruz fight, I went to Sacramento to work at [UFC veteran] Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness. I came back a week later and started my camp for this fight. It's been a long time since I started eating clean and my weight has been right on point.

"The only advantage is he has gone five rounds. Mentally, he knows what it takes. I hope it doesn't go five rounds, but I know I can go five. I'm in shape."

In the end, Font thinks it'll come down to "who wants it more," which sounds clichéd until you consider the fact both he and Foster are so evenly-matched.

"His two losses were by submission, so he has holes in his game, but I'm sure he's working on them," Font said. "There's lot of pressure, and the crowd will be going wild. It'll be a great fight."

Added Foster: "I want to go as far as I can in this game and fight whoever comes my way. Rob Font is at the top, so I'm glad to have this opportunity to fight him."

"Gold Rush" will also feature a welterweight showdown between former UFC veteran and Bridgewater, Mass., native Chuck O'Neil (11-5, 3 KOs) and Brazilian Gil de Freitas (14-5, 4 KOs), now training out of Team Link in Ludlow, Mass.

Tickets for "Gold Rush" are $36.00, $56.00, $101.00 and $126.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

The undercard also features the Rhode Island debuts of UFC veteran Tom Egan (5-3, 4 KOs) of Dorchester, Mass. (by way of Ireland), and Delray Beach, Fla., welterweight Charles Rosa (3-0), who will fight in separate three-round bouts. Egan will face Framingham, Mass., middleweight Aldo Santos (3-1, 1 KO) while Rosa will battle Silvester Murataj (0-1) of Rocky Hill, Conn.

Fan-favorite Dinis Paiva Jr. (3-4, 1 KO) of East Providence, R.I., will face Rob Sullivan (1-1) of Baltimore, Md., in a bantamweight bout and Springfield, Mass., lightweight Damien Trites (6-5, 1 KO) will return to Twin River against Fayetteville, N.C., veteran Andrew Osborn (6-5, 1 KO). Also returning to Twin River, Salem, Mass., bantamweight Matt Doherty (1-0, 1 KO) will battle Johnny Campbell (5-4, 3 KOs) of Plymouth, Mass., while Brazilian Juliano Coutinho (3-1, 2 KOs) clashes with Providence's Eric Bedard (5-3, 3 KOs) in a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout. Bantamweight Sophanarith Am (1-0) of Revere, Mass., will face Johnston, R.I., newcomer Devin Pilkington and Cheyenne Vasquez (0-0) of Boston will battle Framingham's Terrell Clark (1-0, 1 KO) in a middleweight bout. All fights and fighters subject to change.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for "Gold Rush." Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance).


Chuck O'Neil!

Returns August 9th

What others might consider a passing fancy or status symbol means far more to Bridgewater, Mass., welterweight Chuck O'Neil.

"I'm not doing this to be cool or have pictures on Facebook," O'Neil said matter-of-factly.

O'Neil, ranked No. 1 by his peers in the northeast, is instead continuing a journey to get back to the stage most fighters only dream of reaching. A former contestant on the Ultimate Fighting Championships' The Ultimate Fighter reality television series in 2011, O'Neil has won his last two bouts inside the cage and is perhaps one or two more victories from another date with destiny. This time, O'Neil hopes to stick around for a while - perhaps the rest of his career if things go well.

"I want to get back there and stay there," said O'Neil (11-5, 3 KOs), who'll face 10th-ranked Brazilian Gil de Freitas (14-5, 4 KOs) on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports' "Gold Rush" mixed martial arts event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

"So many guys are concerned with going to the UFC, but won't take the tough fights. They just want to get there. That's not me. I'm going to keep pushing, whether I'm a fill-in or I get back there the normal way. There's still that same fire under my butt."

O'Neil's road back to the top hasn't been easy; in December, he made his Twin River debut with a hard-fought win over local fan-favorite Keith Jeffrey, one of the top welterweights in the northeast, and then survived an early scare in June against last-minute replacement Ralph Johnson, who caught him on the chin in the opening seconds before eventually tiring out and succumbing to O'Neil's ground game. With Johnson on his back unable to defend himself, O'Neil won by knockout (excessive blows) a minute and a half into the fight, escaping Twin River with another much-needed win.

The uncertainty between who and where he'd be fighting prior to the bout against Johnson (several potential bouts fell through before the event in June) took its toll on O'Neil, but the early scare also reminded him to never take anyone - or anything - for granted, a lesson he won't need to learn the hard way against de Freitas.

"I remember sitting in the locker room [before the fight in June] thinking, 'Let's just get this over with,'" O'Neil said. "It was a weird situation going through so many different opponents and changing venues, but there's no excuse.

"I came out stupid, and Ralph came out with guns blazing. Luckily, I had the wherewithal to grab him on the way down and finish him. Even though he might not have been a top-ranked guy, you have to treat everyone like they are."

That same rule will apply to de Freitas, a member of Team Link in Ludlow, Mass., and arguably the toughest opponent O'Neil has faced since he battled the UFC's Chris Cope and Marcus Davis in back-to-back fights in 2011. Though de Freitas has lost three of his last five fights, he's faced some of Brazil's premier welterweights; the three opponents he's lost to during that stretch have 72 combined wins, including Erick Silva, who's appeared on five UFC cards since April of 2011 with three wins to his credit.

"This fight is exactly what Gil is looking for," said de Freitas' trainer, Marco Alvan. "He's at the point in his career where he needs to challenge the guys who've been there to prove he belongs there, too. Chuck is as good as it gets. He's No. 1 for a reason.

"Gil needs to win this fight and win it convincingly to put himself in the conversation. Being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, I predict he'll win by submission late in the second round or early in the third. His Jiu-Jitsu skills will show up in the fight."

Stamina worked in O'Neil's favor when he fought Johnson, who took the fight on short notice and ran out of steam midway through the opening round, but de Freitas has gone the distance 12 times in 19 fights, so he's accustomed to the workload.

"He won't gas out," O'Neil said of de Freitas. "He's super tough. He comes from a great camp and has a fought a laundry list of tough opponents. He's a power-puncher who loves to get your back to the cage and dirty-box you. He won't back down, but I wouldn't want it any other way. We'll put on a good show. I'm really looking forward to this fight."

O'Neil's aware the UFC is always right around the corner, and there's always a possibility of the right people watching on fight night, as evident by the fact Boston's John "Doomsday" Howard recently punched his ticket back to the big stage after winning four consecutive fights under CES' promotional guidance. If he makes it back, O'Neil will do so as a stronger, more mature fighter both in and outside of the cage. As much as his experience on TUF made him a household name, he credits his outside influences with helping him develop through the years.

"Honestly, it's about having the right people around you," he said. "My coach, Nate Ryan, doesn't just make me a better fighter, but he helps me in my career as a person, too, helping me mature. Having a guy like that around me is huge.

"I went through that phase in 2005 and 2006 when I first started training mixed martial arts walking around talking about, 'Oh, yeah, I fight!" but that means nothing. I've grown up in this sport. I know what it takes now and I'm more concerned about winning and growing as a fighter, not trying to be a jackass."

Along with the O'Neil-de Freitas showdown, "Gold Rush" will also feature a historic featherweight battle between prospects Rob Font (6-1) of Boston and Chris Foster (7-2, 4 KOs) of Meriden, Conn., for the vacant CES MMA title.

Tickets for "Gold Rush" are $36.00, $56.00, $101.00 and $126.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

The undercard also features the Rhode Island debuts of UFC veteran Tom Egan (5-3, 4 KOs) of Dorchester, Mass. (by way of Ireland), and Delray Beach, Fla., welterweight Charles Rosa (3-0), who will fight in separate three-round bouts. Egan will face Framingham, Mass., middleweight Aldo Santos (3-1, 1 KO) while Rosa will battle Silvester Murataj (0-1) of Rocky Hill, Conn.

Fan-favorite Dinis Paiva Jr. (3-4, 1 KO) of East Providence, R.I., will face Rob Sullivan (1-1) of Baltimore, Md., in a bantamweight bout and Springfield, Mass., lightweight Damien Trites (6-5, 1 KO) will return to Twin River against Fayetteville, N.C., veteran Andrew Osborn (6-5, 1 KO). Also returning to Twin River, Salem, Mass., bantamweight Matt Doherty (1-0, 1 KO) will battle Johnny Campbell (5-4, 3 KOs) of Plymouth, Mass., while Brazilian Juliano Coutinho (3-1, 2 KOs) clashes with Providence's Eric Bedard (5-3, 3 KOs) in a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout. Bantamweight Sophanarith Am (1-0) of Revere, Mass., will face Johnston, R.I., newcomer Devin Pilkington and Cheyenne Vasquez (0-0) of Boston will battle Framingham's Terrell Clark (1-0, 1 KO) in a middleweight bout. All fights and fighters subject to change.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for "Gold Rush." Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance).


Omoyele V Wilkinson!

Cage Warriors 60

CAGE WARRIORS 60 is to play host to an exciting welterweight contest between Bola Omoyele and Aaron Wilkinson.

The TUF veterans will meet when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Saturday, 5 October, 2013.

Omoyele (7-1) will be fighting for CWFC for the second time since signing an exclusive multi-fight deal with the promotion, having made an impressive debut at Cage Warriors 56 last month when he overcame Vincent del Guerra via first-round TKO.

That victory was the 31-year-old's sixth successive first-round stoppage, in what was his first outing since appearing on the "Smashes" series of The Ultimate Fighter last year.

"I'm looking forward to being back in the cage again to show what I can do," said Omoyele. "This is a tough fight but that's how I like my fights to be. I'll be ready for it."

Wilkinson (10-6) returns to action for the first time since last December when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Alan Johnston at Cage Warriors 50, which snapped a three-fight win-streak.

The 26-year-old, who has taken seven of his 10 wins by submission, featured on the finale of season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010 and inked an exclusive multi-fight deal with Cage Warriors last year.

Wilkinson said: "Bola's a great fighter and this is a good fight; one that has definite Fight of the Night potential. But I firmly believe I can put in a strong performance and get the win."

Tickets for Cage Warriors 60, priced from just 25 (plus booking fee).


Cage Warriors 59!

Mills V Petrescu, Long V Maguire

CHE MILLS and Valentino Petrescu will clash in a middleweight contest when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to Cardiff next month.

A lightweight tussle between Tommy Maguire and home favourite Lewis Long will also feature on the Cage Warriors 59 bill, while a further two bouts have been added to the event's preliminary card.

Cage Warriors 59, which will also see the CWFC bantamweight and featherweight titles up for grabs, is set to take place at the Welsh capital's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, 14 September, 2013.

Mills (15-6-0-2) makes the move to middleweight following a loss to CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred at Cage Warriors 55 in Dublin this past June.

The 30-year-old, who holds notable wins over the likes of Marius Zaromskis, Chris Cope and Jake Hecht, signed exclusively for Cage Warriors earlier this year after a four-fight stint with the UFC.

"Cardiff is one of my favourite places so I can't wait to fight there," said Mills. "After my last performance, I'll be looking to prove a point by putting on a show."

Petrescu (12-3), who also recently signed an exclusive CWFC deal, featured as a welterweight on "The Smashes" series of The Ultimate Fighter last year.

The 32-year-old has picked up seven of his 12 wins via first-round stoppage, with his only losses coming at the hands of highly-regarded opposition in the shape of Jimi Manuwa, Beslan Isaev and Lee Chadwick.

Petrescu said: "This one will make for an exciting fight because myself and Mills are both fighters who bring it. The fans in Cardiff will definitely be getting their money's worth."

Meanwhile, with their respective injury troubles out of the way, Lewis Long and Tommy Maguire will square off in a meeting of two of the UK’s most exciting lightweights.

After an impressive win against Mark Glover at Cage Warriors 54 in Cardiff back in May, an injury forced Long (7-2) to withdraw from a scheduled meeting with Saul Rogers at Liverpool's Cage Warriors 57 last month.

Maguire (14-5), who appeared on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter, had to postpone his CWFC debut against Merv Mulholland at Cage Warriors 52 in London last March after he also sustained an injury.

Elsewhere at Cage Warriors 59, Welsh pair Jamie Rogers (9-6) and Owain Parry (3-1) will face off in a lightweight bout, while bantamweights Timur Mercanoglu (3-0) and Jordan Desborough (6-2) will also collide.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 59, priced from just £25 (plus booking fee).


Cage Warriors 59!

Bantamweight Title Tournament Pairings Set

A FOUR-MAN tournament will take place at Cage Warriors 59 to determine a new CWFC bantamweight champion, and officials have today revealed details of the semi-final pairings.

Cage Warriors 59, which will also see Jim Alers defend his featherweight title against Martin Svensson, is set for Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, 14 September, 2013.

To be contested on the night, the bantamweight tournament will feature David Haggstrom, Brett Johns, Martin McDonough and James Pennington, all of whom will be aiming to pick up the two wins required to clinch the vacant title.

Fighting in their native Wales, Johns and McDonough will feature in separate semi-finals, meaning an all-Welsh final is a distinct possibility. However, Sweden's Haggstrom and Englishman Pennington will have other ideas.

Johns (7-0) will face Haggstrom (7-1-1) in one semi-final, an intriguing bout given that Haggstrom's only professional loss came at the hands of Johns' team-mate Dino Gambatesa back in July 2011.

In the other semi-final, two of the UK's top-10 bantamweights will collide when McDonough (11-4) takes on Pennington (8-1), a meeting which will also carry added interest in the context that McDonough last tasted defeat in October 2011 against James Brum, a team-mate of Pennington's.

Each semi-final bout will consist of two five-minute rounds and an additional overtime round will be contested in the event of a draw. Five five-minute rounds will be scheduled for the final.

The semi-finals will feature on the night's preliminary card, with the final forming part of the co-main event. A reserve bout will also be added to the card in order to facilitate any enforced withdrawals.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 59, priced from just 25 (plus booking fee).


Cage Warriors 58!

Fight Card Update

THE bill for Cage Warriors 58 has today been boosted by four additional bouts, including the first CWFC heavyweight fight of 2013.

Cage Warriors 58, which is set for Saturday, August 24, will take place at the Olympisk Arena in Grozny, Chechnya.

A meeting of two exciting heavyweight prospects will feature, with Ion Cutelaba and Michal Andryszak set to clash.

Following their recent meeting at Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool, both Matt Inman and Mohsen Bahari will make swift returns to action, while the card will also include the featherweight comeback of Alex Enlund.

Cutelaba (4-1) has attracted much attention in Europe since making his professional debut last year at the age of 18.

With a background in judo and combat sambo, the Moldovan youngster has taken three of his four wins in less than a minute, while his only loss came via a controversial TKO stoppage.

"I'm really happy to be competing for such a prestigious organisation as Cage Warriors," said Cutelaba. "This will be the biggest test of my career but I will look to put on a big performance."

Andryszak (9-3-0-1), a 21-year-old Pole, comes with a similarly impressive reputation having taken all nine of his wins by stoppage, eight of which came inside the first round.

He said: "This is between two young guns and I think we'll put on an entertaining fight because my opponent is a tough fighter, like me. Fighting on Cage Warriors is a big opportunity for me and a great honour. I really want to take this chance."

Elsewhere, having submitted Mohsen Bahari via heel-hook after just 44 seconds of their CWFC 57 meeting, Matt Inman (11-5) will aim for his third consecutive Cage Warriors win when he takes on Russian 22-year-old Eldar Eldarov (4-1), whose only loss to date came at the hands of unbeaten UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Bahari (5-1), who saw his undefeated streak ended by Inman, will be keen to returning to winning ways against Alexander Voitenko (9-3), a 26-year-old welterweight from Ukraine who disposed of Dan Hope by third-round TKO at Cage Warriors 46.

Meanwhile, following a bantamweight defeat to CWFC title challenger Martin McDonough at Cage Warriors 52, Alex Enlund (7-2-0-1) returns to the 145lbs division for a meeting with 23-year-old Polish prospect Sebastian Romanowski (7-1).


Mayorga V Martinez!

World Series of Fighting

"Former world boxing champion, Ricardo Mayorga, prepares for his second fight in Mixed Martial Arts which will be held on Satuday July 27th at Nicaragua's National Soccer Stadium and televised.

The 'Matador' will rise to the teh cage on July 27 in Managua, where he will face Miami native, Rene "Level" Martinez, who has a record of four wins and a draw.

Mayorga fought for the first time in MMA on 4 May, got the win by TKO over, Wesley Tiffer. In professional boxing, Ricardo Mayorga, left a record of 29 wins, 23 by fast, eight losses and a tie"

Spanish: [Live Spanish commentators}

Mayorga y Level apuntan al primer asalto para ganar pelea que se llevar a cabo en Nicaragua el prximo 27 de julio en las instalaciones del Estado Nacional de Futbol desde las 8:00 de la noche en vivo solo por Viva Nicaragua Canal 13.

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EFC WARRIOR!

Saturday, August 24TH

New Jersey's top name in MMA promotions, The Darwish Brothers, proudly announce their next blockbuster show: EFC WARRIOR on Saturday, August 24, in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

EFC WARRIOR will host no less than four exciting title fights, headlined by the EFC's newest champion, the colorful and brash New Yorker Christopher Vallaro (6-2), who will defend his EFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the first time, against New Jersey's dangerous Mustafa Khalil (3-1) of Lionheart MMA.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

In the very special co-featured bout, female warriors Jen Lopez (4-1) from AMA Fight Club in Whippany, NJ, and Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, MD, will fight a rematch to their sensational and unforgettable battle last February (won by Darvishian) and, in the process, will vie for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Also scheduled for title-fight clashes that night are Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ and Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, will fight for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Andrew Salas (2-1) of Zealous Nation MMA in Middlesex, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

"Four title fights in one night, plus so many other great matchups. I'm excited. This is definitely our biggest show yet," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "Chris Vallaro is a star in the making with his personality and toughness. His fights are always exciting and he brings a lot of flair to the cage that fans either love or love to hate. His opponent, Mustafa Khalil, is a beast. In the co-main, we've got the female bout, which, like their first fight, is going to be a fight of the year candidate in the New Jersey MMA scene. Both those girls will eventually be stars of the sport and they're having the rematch everyone wants to see on our show. Every match-up is extremely competitive and solid. I'm very proud to be part of this."

For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: All EFC events sell out. Purchase your tickets now before it's too late.


Cage Warriors!

Makes Six Additions

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship has added to its roster of fighters with the signings of Saul Rogers, Arnold Allen, Danny Lawson, Paddy Pimblett, Sean Carter and Fabio Ferrari.

All six UK-based fighters have inked contracts which will see them compete exclusively for Cage Warriors for their next five bouts.

Rogers (7-1) puts pen to paper having made an impressive CWFC debut in Liverpool last weekend when he submitted Jason Cooledge in the first round of their bout at Cage Warriors 57.

The 21-year-old lightweight said: "I'm delighted to have signed with Cage Warriors and I really appreciate the opportunity I've been given. I'm stoked about the whole thing. I couldn't be happier.

"Neither Cage Warriors nor MMA fans will ever be disappointed by my performances. I can promise that all my fights will be well worth watching."

Allen (4-0), a 19-year-old featherweight, joins the CWFC ranks after he also won by first-round submission in his promotional debut earlier this month against Andy Green at Cage Warriors 56.

Lawson (8-3), a 24-year-old featherweight who’ll soon make his Cage Warriors debut, has taken all but one of his wins by stoppage and is currently on a six-fight win-streak.

Pimblett (4-0), an 18-year-old bantamweight, took his first three professional wins by first-round stoppage before earning an impressive unanimous-decision win over Florian Calin at Cage Warriors 56.

Carter (6-0) is now 2-0 with CWFC thanks to wins this year against Matt Hughes and Adam Boussif, which saw the 28-year-old lightweight keep his unbeaten record intact.

Ferrari (6-2-1), a 27-year-old Brazilian-born middleweight, overcame Brett Sizeland at Cage Warriors 56 and also holds a notable win over CWFC veteran Henry Fadipe.

"I'm very happy with this latest batch of signings," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. "They're six guys with excellent records and their best years still ahead of them. I look forward to seeing them develop with Cage Warriors."


WATCH IT LIVE!

MMA & Wrestling On GFL

Sparta Combat League returns to GFL with "No Retreat No Surrender" on July 26 from the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado. This card is highlighted by a title fight in the 145 lb division.

In a featured bout, for the SCL Featherweight Title, Allen Washington (6-4) battles Brandon Heredia (5-1). Washington is on a 3-fight win steak and brings an experience advantage into the cage. Washington is well rounded and can fight anywhere in the cage but likes to go for the KO in the standup. Heredia is on a 2-fight win streak and looks to make it 3 in a row. Heredia is a strong wrestler and has shown an ability to control his opponent and where the fight goes over the course of his career. Look for Heredia to try and land a takedown early and score with ground and pound from the top position.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order "No Retreat No Surrender" and watch it live on July 26 only on GFL.tv.

For full fight card and more details about this event, visit gfl.tv

Xtreme Combat - Anarchy 3

Xtreme Combat Promotions (XCP) returns to GFL on July 27 as it presents "Anarchy 3" emanating from the Sports Arena in St. Albans, Vermont. MMA fans, this event is a stacked card featuring the top up and coming prospects inside the New England area. XCP is the premier MMA organization in the Green Mountain State and is one of GFL's rising organizations.

In championship action, Dakota Giguere (4-0) battles Travis Garrett (5-0) for the XCP Featherweight Championship. Giguere won the title back in February with a hard fought decision and before that stopped his first 3 opponents. Giguere is a solid wrestler, but also has heavy hands and if he can get into a slugfest, he is more than willing to go that route. Garrett mirrors Giguere in many respects. He is also undefeated and has already been in wars inside the cage that have tested his heart and stamina. He has passed every test put in front of him and now he will face his biggest challenge as he goes for gold in the main event. Both fighters are well-versed in all areas of MMA and this fight could be a barnburner from bell to bell. Whoever walks out of the cage with the belt can lay claim to being the best 145 lb amateur in New England.

In other action, Connor McKenna (2-1-1) and Stephen McKinstry (0-1) battle with the XCP Heavyweight Title on the line. McKenna steps into the cage for the first time in 2013. After improving his game inside the gym for the last year, he will bring a new passion and skillset into his title fight. McKinstry is another fighter who has been on the shelf recently as he has put in the blood, sweat and tears necessary to compete in the XCP cage. When these two fighters hook horns in the cage expect fireworks as they will both be looking to make a statement.

In still more championship action, Andre Belcarris (5-3) fights Shamel Tyler (5-0) for the XCP Bantamweight Championship. Belcarris is on a 2-fight win streak, both by TKO and looks to continue his streak against the gritty Tyler who has never tasted defeat. Both of these 135 lb fighters are like Tazmanian devils inside the cage as they only know one speed and that's full speed. Don't blink as this fight could end in an instant, most likely with controlled violence.

You won't find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on July 27 as Xtreme Combat Promotions presents "Anarchy 3" on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

For full fight card and more details about this event, visit gfl.tv

GFL Real Fight: July's Best Battles

GFL is proud to present its follow up episode to an all new variety series on the cutting edge of combat sports dedicated to the finest in-ring and in-cage action on display each month on GFL.tv as The Best Battles of July debuts on August 1 for FREE!

The show is a unique look at the top fights spanning the month of July featuring some of the best KOs, submissions and grudge matches from over 30 events. The Best Battles of July will include highlights from an assortment of combat sports including Muay Thai, MMA and Boxing from around the country giving fight fans immediate access to one highlight after another at a dizzying pace from the top scraps from the month of July.

"Warriors Cup XVII" featuring the elite Muay Thai fighters in the United States will feature several terrific slugfests including former Bellator MMA Champion Lyman Good squaring off against kickboxing sensation Strahinja Ivanovic. Good is one of the top MMA fighters in the world, but how will he handle a new combat sport with rules that take away more than half of his arsenal? Laurel Holloway battles Christina "X" Peteraf for the Warriors Cup 138 lb Championship in a bout to determine the #1 female kickboxer on the East Coast while Jovan Davis clashes with Rich Brattole in a barnburner.

"EFC: MMA Mania" and "Asylum Fight League 40" throw down the gauntlet in the MMA category as Chris "The Neighborhood Legend" Vollero (5-2) battles Montsir "Monster" Mohammad (2-2) with the EFC Light Heavyweight Title at stake. Vollero is a wrestling machine while Mohammad possesses deadly submissions and can end a fight in a blink of an eye. The Asylum Fight League Welterweight Title is also on the line as Mike Taibl (4-2) takes on Greg Quarantello (7-2). The winner will be considered one of the top amateur 170 lb MMA fighters in the Northeast. Richard Guerrieri and Frank Zampese make their debuts in the Asylum Fight League cage and both of these men are determined to make a statement and put the rest of the contenders in the welterweight division on notice. On that same Asylum card, Richard Zimmerer fights Anthony Robinson in a lightweight shootout.

Holding it down for the sweet science (boxing) is an action packed bout between undefeated and highly touted prospect, Lamar Ross (12-0) fighting cagey veteran Russell Jordan (15-9) in a middleweight tilt. Ross looks to stay undefeated and climb the ranks while Jordan is looking to prove that he still has a lot left in his tank and his best fighting years are still ahead of him. Also on the show, from Harrah's Chester, Pennsylvania, DeCarlo Perez (9-2-1, 4 KOs) fights Julius Kennedy (7-4-1, 3 KOs) in a bout that has both of these pugilist looking to take the next giant step in their career. Other fights on the docket include Dorsett Barnwell scrapping with David Williams and Jason Sosa mixing it up with Georgi Kevlishvilli.

Tune in August 1 for a one-of-a-kind, free, 2-hour show as GFL gives combat sports fans unfettered access to some of the finest fights around the country with The Best Battles of July!

For full fight card and more details about this event, visit gfl.tv


Abiltarov V Brum!

Cage Warriors 58

JAMES BRUM will aim for his sixth consecutive CWFC win when he takes on Ruslan Abiltarov at Cage Warriors 58.

The event, which is set for the Olympisk Arena in Grozny, Chechnya, on Saturday, August 24, will see Europe's fourth-ranked bantamweight face the highly-rated Ukrainian prospect on the main card.

Brum (12-2) is currently on a six-fight win-streak, which began in October 2011 when he rebounded from a loss to current UFC star Erik Perez to defeat Martin McDonough.

The 26-year-old Englishman, who has since remained unbeaten, made his Cage Warriors debut last year before going on to pick up wins over Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville, Moktar Benkaci and Olivier Pastor.

"I'm really looking forward to fighting for Cage Warriors for the sixth time in my career and I'll be looking to entertain the Chechen fans. I'm excited about fighting overseas again," said Brum.

"My opponent is young, hungry and very confident, which makes him extremely dangerous. But he's never been in the cage with an opponent of my calibre."

Abiltarov (10-1) has been building a big reputation in eastern Europe since making his professional debut just last year and will be looking for his fifth win on the trot when he clashes with Brum.

The 21-year-old has taken six of his 10 victories inside the first round and has competed for the M-1 and Pro FC promotions.

He said: "I'm very thankful and excited to be competing for Cage Warriors. It will be an honour to fight at such a high level.

"I've been training hard and I'll give everything I have to win this fight. I'll be looking to impress Cage Warriors and the fans on the night."


Holly Holm Registers KO Head Kick!

Legacy FC Debut

In her first mixed-martial-arts fight since retiring from boxing, Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm registered a devastating knockout in her Legacy Fight Championship fight debut this past Friday night at Arena Theater in Houston, Texas.

Holm (4-0, 4 KOs) is on her way to becoming even greater force in MMA than she was in boxing, in which she captured 14 world titles in three different weight classes. She stopped Allana "Hands of Stone" Jones (2-3) with a highlight reel-like, KO Kick of the Year candidate at 2:22 of the second round in Legacy FC 21.

"Lenny (Fresquez, Holm's promoter) told me she was a special person "an ecstatic Mike Maynard (Legacy FC president) said after the fight. "She really lived up to all the hype. It is great to have her in Legacy's stable. We are very excited to work with Holly and the team of Jackson/Winklejohn. No doubt this girl will also be the biggest name in MMA also. It is not only a pleasure to work with her, but am really impressed by what a great person she is as well as her entire team."

Fighting out of Team Jackson-Winkeljohn, Holm overcame blurry vision in the opening round, the result of getting unintentionally poked in the eye. She started out moving and striking, then effectively mixed in front and head kicks. Mid-way through the second round, Holm unloaded a picture-perfect left kick to Jones' head, immediately ending the fight as the referee rushed in before Holm did additional damage to her semi-conscious opponent.

Holm was a consummate boxer, recording only nine knockouts 38 professional boxing matches (33-2-3), however, in four MMA fights to date she has stopped all four opponents, three via kicks, not punches.

She is competing in the 135-pound weight class, the only women's division in the UFC, dominated right now by Ronda Rousey.

"Holly's very skilled and working on her wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu," Holm's manager/trainer Mike Winkeljohn said. "We're fine-tuning her skills on the way to the top. The ultimate goal is to win the highest MMA title out there, whether that's by beating Ronda Rousey or somebody else at that time, to be the best in the world. It's Holly's time to showcase her MMA skills."

Her longtime fight promoter, Lenny Fresquez, plans to feature Holm on a show November 2 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

"This was one of the most exiting nights of my career working with Holly and Mike," Fresquez added. "I always knew she was going to be a force to be reckoned with in MMA but not so fast. We have never waited around for anybody and now everybody understands why. Holly has so many options. We just ran out of people in boxing; no threats for her. Now, she has plenty of challenges."


Cage Warriors Fighting Championship!

Plans To Rejuvenate Women's Divisions

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship has begun the process of rejuvenating its women's divisions by securing the signatures of 18 female fighters across four different weight classes.

CWFC is pleased to reveal details of its plans to establish itself as the epicentre of women's MMA in Europe, with agreements also already in place with several other female fighters to sign exclusive five-fight deals with the promotion.

More signings will be announced shortly, but those who have already put pen to paper range from experienced stars like Spanish-based veteran Karla Benitez (10-4) to unbeaten English prospect Laura Howarth (3-0).

Cage Warriors has consistently supported women's MMA in recent years, helping some of the sport's top fighters to showcase their talents, including Rosi Sexton, Sheila Gaff, Joanne Calderwood, Katja Kankaanpaa and Aisling Daly.

The promotion will now take that to the next level, with women's MMA bouts to become a regular feature on CWFC cards as the next wave of female stars are provided with the global platform they deserve.

"This is a hugely significant development for CWFC but it's by no means new territory for the promotion," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. "With the exception of the UFC, Cage Warriors is now not only the busiest promotion in MMA, but it's also the place to be for female fighters outside the USA.

"The women we've signed are now with a promotion that's broadcast live on TV into 150 million homes around the globe, as well as being streamed live worldwide. We'll be bringing a lot of exposure their way and helping them to make names for themselves, as we've done in the past with the likes of Conor McGregor and many others.

"Cage Warriors invests from 25,000 to 50,000 in each fighter over the terms of their contracts, so you can rest assured that their stock will rise rapidly as their time with us continues and develops. We reward fighters' commitment to us by investing in them like this.

"I'd like to thank Rosi Sexton for her assistance and advice in putting these plans in place. Her knowledge and experience helped me to make the decisions I needed to make."

Sexton, a former CWFC champion, clocked up a 6-0 Cage Warriors record during her career before recently making history by becoming the first female fighter in the UK to compete in the UFC.

She said: "Cage Warriors have supported me throughout my career and gave me the opportunities which have led to where I am today. I'm very excited to see them making this huge commitment to developing women's MMA, which will give many more up-and-coming female fighters a chance to show what they can do.

"For a long time Europe has been in need of a really strong women's division within a single promotion, to give the female fighters the opportunity to fight regularly against good opponents on top quality shows. It gives all the female fighters out there something to aim towards. This is just the first step and I can't wait to see how it develops."

Fighters have been signed in the women's atomweight, strawweight, flyweight and bantamweight divisions, with Cage Warriors also keen to develop a featherweight division in due course. See below for details of the 18 fighters who have signed exclusive five-fight contracts:

CATHERINE COSTIGAN

Division: Atomweight Record: 2-0 Age: 33 Country: Ireland

VANESSA REINSCH

Division: Atomweight Record: 1-1 Age: 25 Country: Germany

VANESSA RICO

Division: Atomweight Record: 0-1 Age: 32 Country: Spain

KARLA BENITEZ

Division: Strawweight Record: 10-4-0-1nc Age: 34 Country: Spain

IRENE CABELLO

Division: Strawweight Record: 1-1 Age: 20 Country: Spain

KIRSTY DAVIS

Division: Strawweight Record: 0-0 Age: 36 Country: Spain

CHLOE HINCHCLIFFE

Division: Flyweight Record: 1-3-0-1nc Age: 24 Country: England

KATE JACKSON

Division: Flyweight Record: 4-2 Age: 26 Country: England

RACHAEL MCMILLAN

Division: Flyweight Record: 0-0 Age: 25 Country: England

SLAVKA VITALI

Division: Flyweight Record: 2-0 Age: 38 Country: Italy

LJ ADAMS

Division: Bantamweight Record: 1-1 Age: 29 Country: England

EMMA DELANEY

Division: Bantamweight Record: 0-0 Age: 31 Country: England

LAURA HOWARTH

Division: Bantamweight Record: 3-0 Age: 26 Country: England

KERRY HUGHES

Division: Bantamweight Record: 0-0 Age: 28 Country: England

AMANDA KELLY

Division: Bantamweight Record: 0-0 Age: 31 Country: England

AGNIESZKA NIEDZWIEDZ

Division: Bantamweight Record: 3-0 Age: 18 Country: Poland

EEVA SIISKONEN

Division: Bantamweight Record: 2-0 Age: 31 Country: Finland

HANNAH STEPHENS Division: Bantamweight Record: 1-1 Age: 22 Country: England


Holm V Jones!

Legacy 21

The official weigh in was held at the Houston Arena in Houston, TX earlier today for the LFC 21 - Legacy Fighting Championship with New Mexico's 12-time former boxing world champion Holly Holm and opponent - Allanna Jones.

Official weights:

Holly Holm 135.5 V Allanna Jones 138.5

This is Holm's debut with Legacy Fighting Championships. The LFC 21 will be held at the Houston Arena on Friday night (July 19) starting at 7:00 (8:00 pm MST). You can watch the fights on AXS TV, Direct TV and major cable providers.


Cage Warriors 57!

Fight Card Update

Please note that injury has forced Aldric Cassata to withdraw from Cage Warriors 57 this weekend so Danny Roberts will now face Irish/Nigerian 21-year-old Henry Fadipe (5-5-1) in a 180lbs catchweight bout.

Furthermore, following the withdrawal of Lee Chadwick earlier this week due to injury, it hasn't been possible to source a suitable replacement opponent for Mats Nilsson on such short notice so that fight has now been removed from the bill.

As a result, the featherweight bout between Chris Fishgold and Marcin Wrzosek has been promoted to the main card, with the welterweight meeting of Steve Dinsdale and Dan Rushworth being bumped up to the Facebook prelims.

For your information, the finalised card is as follows:

MAIN CARD

Lukasz Chlewicki v Paul Daley

Henry Fadipe v Danny Roberts

Ronnie Mann v Jose Luis Zapater

Ali Arish v Jack Mason

Leeroy Barnes v Norman Paraisy

Chris Fishgold v Marcin Wrzosek

FACEBOOK PRELIMS

Mohsen Bahari v Matt Inman

Jason Cooledge v Saul Rogers

Steve Dinsdale v Dan Rushworth

NON-STREAMED PRELIMS

Mark Connor v Bryan Creighton

Mick Gerrard v Leon Pierre

Mick Kay v Dean Reilly


ShoFIGHT's All-star, All-amateur Card!

On IPPV This Saturday

Leading Midwest mixed martial arts promotion ShoFIGHT presents "Summer Smash" on Saturday, July 20th, to be held at the Outback Complex on the famed 76 Strip in Branson, Mo., the "LIVE Entertainment Capital of the World." This outdoor event will broadcast LIVE online on GFL.TV and will showcase the top amateur fighters in the Midwest who are on the verge of taking their talents into the professional ranks.

Tickets are now available at ShoFIGHT.com starting at just $25 for General Admission and $40 for VIP Cageside.

If you want to see tomorrow's stars today, you will want to be at ShoFIGHT's "Summer Smash" or tune into the LIVE online broadcast on GFL.TV for only $14.99. ShoFIGHT veterans have gone on to compete in Bellator, Strikeforce, Maximum Fighting Championships, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Invicta Fighting Championships, and many of the other top professional MMA promotions around the world.

Headlining the "Summer Smash" event will be a bout between Cage of Honor Lightweight Champion Mike "Ong Bak" Breeden (7-3) and powerhouse Missouri-based striker Bryan Fahnestock (7-2).

"ShoFIGHT has become known as a breeding ground for tomorrow’s MMA stars," says ShoFIGHT Promoter JT Tilley. "Breeden and Fahnestock are both stars on the rise, and I expect an incredible battle between the two. It's a truly intriguing match-up."

ShoFIGHT's "Summer Smash" will also feature a women's featherweight championship match, as undefeated Oklahoma-based striker Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin (3-0) battles former ShoFIGHT champ Courtney "The Krakken" Stowe (7-3) for the vacant ShoFIGHT title. Stowe is looking to reclaim the ShoFIGHT title that was once around her waist. In fact, she was never beaten for her featherweight title. She vacated it and took a year off, and has now returned to reclaim it.

The complete ShoFIGHT”s "Summer Smash" fight card* as it stands includes:

MAIN CARD (Broadcasted on GFL.tv)

ShoFIGHT Lightweight Championship:

Mike "Ong Bak" Breeden vs. Bryan Fahnestock

ShoFIGHT Women's Featherweight Championship:

Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin vs. Courtney "The KRAKKEN" Stowe

ShoFIGHT Super-Heavyweight Championship:

Josh Fairies vs. Shawn Bales

Featured Welterweight Bout:

Will "The Thrill" Lavine vs. "The Afro Samurai" Marco Hutch

Featured Lightweight Bout:

Parker Whitman vs. Doug Morlan

Featured WMMA Bantamweight Bout:

Alex "SnakeBite" Stobbe vs. Katy "Red Dragon" Collins

Kahylip Skaggs vs. Seth Mitchell

Cody Matthews vs. "The Rubber Band Man" Dylan Wilson

UNDERCARD

Steve Farrell vs. Trevor Thornton - Heavyweight

Myles Malone vs. Danny "The Python" Paxton - Flyweight

Dustin Stewart vs. RJ Crouch - Featherweight

Max Humphrey vs. Billy Simon - Middleweight

Jenry Ferrara vs. Jesse Moore - Featherweight

Jason "Honey Badger" Thompson vs. Lance Lee - Welterweight

Austin Graham vs. Shawn Boone - Lightweight

Greg Sanning vs. Doug Dainty - Cruiserweight

Kevin Brockman vs. Andrew Patterson - Catchweight

James Cantwell vs. Robbie Harbach - Lightweight

Ruben Marin vs. Sonny "One Cut" Johnson - Welterweight

*Fight Card Subject to change*

For more information on ShoFIGHT, please visit http://shofight.com/. ShoFIGHT can also be found on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Grapplers Quest U.S. National Championships!

Invades New Jersey July 20th

Grapplers Quest is proud to announce the 2013 U.S. National Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Championships, presented by JointMedic.com and Rough Zen®, on this Saturday (July 20) at Mennen Sports Arena located at 161 East Hanover Avenue, in Morristown, New Jersey.

Fighters may pre-register online until Wednesday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET here: http://bit.ly/USAGQ2013 or http://GrapplersQuest.com, or simply register at the door and weigh-in on Friday, July 19, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 p.m. ET, or Saturday, July 20, starting at 7:00 a.m. ET.

Live PAY PER VIEW stream of the 2013 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals starts at 12:00 PM EST Worldwide for just $4.99 in SD (Standard Definition - future streams will be HD for $9.99) through uStream.com (search for Grapplers Quest) or at http://LiveGrappling.com or http://GrapplersQuest.com

"The 2013 U.S. Nationals is our 201st Grappling tournament since 1996 and it will be our largest turnout ever. The Grappling World will be watching the live streaming Pay Per View at LiveGrappling.com featuring Keenan Cornelius and some of the World's Best. We're prepared with our largest staff ever plus an all new bracketing system to guarantee a quality event experience that Grapplers Quest promises every show," commented Grapplers Quest President, Brian Cimins.

$15,000 in Cash and Prizes will be on the line plus the Main event of the day will be Keenan Cornelius vs. a Black Belt from Team Renzo Gracie to be announced shortly at 1:00 PM plus 300+ U.S. National Titles on the line featuring 1,000+ amateur competitors in Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling divisions for all ages and skill levels. Open to all competitors, independents and teams with fighter registration and spectator tickets available at the door.

Spectators can purchase advance will call tickets and save $5 off each ticket here: http://bit.ly/GQTix

100 United States CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS UP FOR GRABS

All Children's, Teen's, Men's and Women's Advanced No-Gi Division Champions and All No-Gi Absolute Divisions will be awarded custom made Championship Belts, in addition to the largest medallions in the sport of grappling, sponsored by Rough Zen, Manto, SuperBodyCare.com, Keiko Sports, Gaspari Nutrition, Zebra and TapouT, plus a full color Champion Certificate.

AUTISM AWARENESS TRAINING SEMINAR Keenan Cornelius is the #1 Ranked American Brown Belt under ATOS and he will teaching a FREE Pre-Event training seminar on Saturday, July 20 for Pre-Registered Competitors only, register now here: http://bit.ly/USAGQ2013

and competing in a Superfight against a Team Renzo Gracie member to be announced shortly.

$2,000 ROUGH ZEN No Time Limit, Submission Only Divisions

The featured showcase professional divisions include the $2,000 Rough Zen No-Gi Pro Challenges for Lightweight (under 150 lbs.) and Welterweight (under 170 lbs.) will be featured in the Center Ring and broadcast LIVE on streaming Pay Per View at: http://LiveGrappling.com of which will expect several World CBJJ and ADCC Pro and Abu Dhabi World Champions to enter for the cash prizes.

$1,000 USA Brown and Black Belt Open Challenge

Keenan Cornelius has also entered the first Brown and Black Belt Absolute Challenge open to all registered competitors ranked in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as Brown Belt or higher. Many teams are sending Black Belts to challenge Keenan from the local Tri-State area, this division will also featured on the LIVE PPV Stream at http://LiveGrappling.com starting after the Superfights and No-Gi Pro Divisions.

CANADA INVADING THE USA

Canada's #1 Grappler, Matt Bagshaw will be flying in with several of his fellow FILA World Team Canada members to challenge the Americans for the U.S. National titles. Overall, more than seventeen countries and three hundred separate teams. Grapplers Quest President, Brian Cimins commented, "He's a Grappling Super Hero - he does techniques no one's ever seen before, everyone will know the name after July 20 in Morristown, New Jersey." Watch a highlight of Matt Bagshaw at: http://GrapplersQuest.com

UFC Veteran, Kurt "Batman" Pellegrino will be in attendance from 12-2 PM to sign autographs and meet and greet with fans. His academy Pellegrino MMA (http://PellegrinoMMA.com) from Belmar, New Jersey is sending nearly 40 competitors to fight this weekend

Fighter Registration will be also available at the door starting at $120 and Spectator. Tickets are $20 each for ages 12+ years, Kids 6-11 are $10 each, 5 years and under free. All Major Credit Cards and Cash accepted at the door. Save $21 plus Get a Free T-Shirt and Seminar with Keenan Cornelius, go to: http://bit.ly/USAGQ2013

For more information on grappling events worldwide, visit: http://GrapplersQuest.com


World Series Of Fighting!

Sefo Makes 100th Career Appearance

With a return to active competition on the near horizon, World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo has officially elected to take a temporary leave from his executive role.

"I'm looking forward to another chance to step into the cage, but before I do, I felt taking a temporary leave from my executive duties was the right thing to do," Sefo said. "I'm fortunate to have an outstanding team at World Series of Fighting which I know will handle our operations while I'm gone. And after my fight, I'll step back into my role as World Series of Fighting President."

Sefo returns to the cage on Aug. 10, where he meets Dave Huckaba (20-5) of Sacramento, Calif., on the NBC Sports Network-televised main card of World Series of Fighting 4, which takes place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

Sefo, an 18-year veteran of combat sports, is best-known as a six-time Muay Thai world champion and eight-time K-1 World Grand Prix participant. However, he’s also a longtime trainer at the famed Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas and has competed three times under mixed martial arts rules.

In fact, between his kickboxing, boxing and MMA experience, Sefo boasts 99 total combat-sports appearances. His most recent outing was a kickboxing bout during March, 2012, against respected veteran Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, and Sefo has since maintained hope that he would have a chance to compete just one more time.

"Even though I took on an executive role at World Series of Fighting, I never actually retired from active competition," Sefo said. "About three years ago, I set a personal goal of reaching the century mark, 100 fights, and then calling it quits. Now I'm excited to say, I have a chance to do that.

"But I knew I couldn't be the president of World Series of Fighting and fight for the company at the same time. To try and do so would have been a disservice to all of our fighters and my team at WSOF, not to mention me as an athlete and to all of the fans who will be watching me in action again. I'm fortunate to work with an outstanding group at World Series of Fighting, and I have total confidence their work will allow the success we've enjoyed so far to continue."

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 4, which start at just $29, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Doors at Citizens Business Bank Arena open at 4 p.m. PT local time (7 p.m. ET), and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 5 p.m. PT local time (8 p.m. ET).

The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 4 main card begins at 7:30 p.m. PT local time (10:30 p.m. ET). Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.


JOHNSON VS. KYLE!

World Series Of Fighting 5

A light heavyweight slugfest between knockout artist Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (15-4) and puncher Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) headlines World Series of Fighting's return to Revel Casino Hotel in Ovation Hall Saturday, Sept. 14.

The contest serves as the main event of "World Series of Fighting 5: Johnson vs. Kyle," which airs live on NBC Sports Network and marks the promotion's second visit to the world-class venue.

Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, go on sale Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Event starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

With 23 knockout victories between them, both Johnson and Kyle are fierce strikers, capable of downing any foe with a single blow.

Johnson, of Boca Raton, Fla., made his World Series of Fighting debut on the promotion's first event and delivered a "Knockout of the Year" candidate finish of the durable D.J. Linderman. The 29-year-old Blackzilians product returned to action on the World Series of Fighting 2 at the Revel during March and scored a convincing decision win over former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski.

Johnson now returns to the light-heavyweight division on the strength of a five-fight win streak and quickly is establishing himself as one of World Series of Fighting's most dynamic athletes.

Meanwhile, Kyle is a 12-year veteran of the sport who hails from one of MMA's most-respected fight camps, American Kickboxing Academy. A resident of San Jose, California, Kyle is no stranger to the spotlight and has stepped in the cage against a who's who list of MMA's top fighters in two weight classes, including Paul Buentello, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, James Irvin, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva Krzysztof Soszynski and Fabricio Werdum, among others.

Kyle fought most recently during May, when he needed just 21 seconds to score a knockout win over 86-fight veteran Travis "Diesel" Wiuff.

World Series of Fighting 5 features a five-fight main card in addition to a full lineup of preliminary contests. Additional bouts will be announced.

The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 5 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. The night's preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.


Cage Warriors 59!

Alers V Svensson, Hill V Moore

PAIR of featherweight bouts have been booked for Cage Warriors 59, including an inaugural CWFC title defence for Jim Alers.

Cage Warriors 59, which will also feature a four-man bantamweight title tournament, is set to take place at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, 14 September, 2013.

Having clinched the vacant featherweight title by submitting Joni Salovaara at Cage Warriors 53, Alers will put the belt on the line against Martin Svensson, while former 145lbs title challenger Dave Hill returns to action to take on CWFC debutant Brian Moore.

Alers (10-1) is unbeaten in his five outings under the Cage Warriors banner and is currently on a six-fight win streak in total following his victory over Salovaara.

The 26-year-old American, who also holds notable CWFC wins over Marcio Cesar and Matteus Lahdesmaki, has taken eight of his 10 victories via submission.

"I'm really excited about this fight as I'm looking forward to showing the world exactly why I'm the Cage Warriors champion," said Alers. "I respect all of my opponents but in this fight I'll be out to make a statement."

Svensson (12-3) is a fellow submission specialist who hails from Malmo in Sweden and has defeated the likes of Paul Reed, James Saville and John Cullen during his five-year professional career.

The 28-year-old, who has dropped just one loss in his last eight bouts, said: "It's a great honour to be fighting for the Cage Warriors belt and I'll be bringing it home to Malmo. This is going to be a great fight but I'm going to put on a show."

Elsewhere, Dave Hill fights for the first time since June of last year when he was submitted by Conor McGregor in a bout for the CWFC featherweight belt at Cage Warriors 47.

His next opponent, Brian Moore, is an SBG team-mate of McGregor's so Hill will be keen to return to winning ways against the Irishman, particularly given that his previous loss came at the hands of Artem Lobov, another SBG product.

Hill (10-3), a 27-year-old Englishman, said: "I'm really looking forward to showcasing my skills on a stage as big as Cage Warriors again as the professionalism and quality of the production is second to none that I've experienced. Coming off a loss for the title, I've taken some time off to reflect and rebuild so this is a huge fight for me."

Moore (7-2) is a highly-rated Irish prospect who, similar to Hill, recently signed an exclusive CWFC contract. Both of the 25-year-old's losses thus far have come via decision, one of which was at the hands of the UFC's Mike Wilkinson.

"I've wanted to fight on Cage Warriors for a long time so I"m very excited and motivated for this fight," said Moore. "A win here would put me in among the best in the division. My goal is to be the CWFC champion but I'm taking it one step at a time."


UCMMA 35!

205lbs UK1 Title Up For Grabs

Louis KO King has show some serious power and domination in the 185lbs division taking the Middleweight UK1 Crown, moving to Light-Heavyweight to take out anyone who stood in his way King won the 205lbs title.

Recently Louis King and his fiancee have had a baby girl which has force King to take a step back from the fight game relinquishing his Light-Heavyweight crown.

Louis said - Watch in 2014 because whoever is holding that belt is in big trouble I'm the nicest guy outside the cage but when I'm in there and that cage door shuts I see red and I don't stop until my opponent is on the canvass with medics around them, remember I'm he King see you in 2014.

Louis vacating the title left Dave O'Donnnell in a tough situation, who will fight for the title, welcome to the UCMMA roster 2 hard warriors, Scotland's UK1 Champion, Marc Navarro who takes on Semtex Gyms super striker, Adam Hart.

Navarro always comes to bang but this time his up against Hart who is no stranger to a war and has that never say die attitude. This is Scotland Vs England, let the best man win.

UCMMA 35 - August 3rd.


Cage Warriors 57!

Fight Card Update

Unfortunately there have been a number of enforced changes to the card for Cage Warriors 57 in Liverpool on Saturday.

On the main card, Danny Roberts will now take on Aldric Cassata (6-5), who replaces the injured Mauro Chimento; Jack Mason faces Ali Arish (19-2) instead of Bruno Carvalho; a new opponent is currently being sought for Mats Nilsson following the withdrawal of Lee Chadwick due to injury. On the prelims, Jason Cooledge (8-4) steps in for the injured Lew Long to take on Saul Rogers.


Invicta Fighting Championships 6!

Official Weights

MARLOES COENEN(21-5), Amsterdam, Netherlands 145 lbs.

CRIS CYBORG(11-1), Curitiba, Brazil 144.9 lbs.

AYAKA HAMASAKI(9-0), Tokyo, Japan 114.3 lbs.

CLAUDIA "Claudinha" GADELHA(9-0), Mossoro, Brazil 114.5 lbs.

SARAH "The Monster" D'ALELIO(7-3), Olympia, Washington 134.8 lbs.

LAUREN TAYLOR(6-0), Katy, Texas 134.8 lbs.

MIRIAM "The Queen of Mean" NAKAMOTO(1-0-1), Dublin, California 135.5 lbs.

"Diamond" DUDA YANKOVICH(1-1), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 134.7 lbs.

LESLIE "The Peacemaker" SMITH(5-3-1), Pleasant Hill, California 125.1 lbs.

JENNIFER MAIA(7-2-1), Curitiba, Brazil 124.6 lbs.

JOANNE "JoJo" CALDERWOOD(6-0), Glasgow, Scotland 115.7 lbs.

NORMA CENTER(2-0), Albuquerque, New Mexico 115.8 lbs.

"Rowdy" BEC HYATT(5-2), Brisbane, Australia 115.5 lbs.

MIZUKI INOUE(5-1), Nagoya, Japan 113.3 lbs.

"Thug" ROSE NAMAJUNAS (2-0), Milwaukee, Wisconsin 114.7 lbs.

TECIA "The Tiny Tornado" TORRES (2-0), Fort Lauderdale, Florida 115.6 lbs.

JESSICA PENNE (10-2), Huntington Beach, California 106 lbs.

NICDALI RIVERA-CALANOC (105.7 lbs.), Tulsa, Oklahoma 105.7 lbs.

EDIANE "India" GOMES (10-2), Sao Paulo, Brazil 149 lbs.

TAMIKKA "Boom Boom" BRENTS (2-0), Springfield, Illinois 155.5 lbs.

ASHLEY CUMMINGS (3-1), St. Louis, Missouri 115.9 lbs.

EMILY KAGAN (2-1), Albuquerque, New Mexico 114.3 lbs.


Invicta Fighting Championships 6!

Workout Video


Invicta Fighting Championships 6!

Live Saturday Night On PPV

Main Event - Invicta FC World Featherweight (145 lbs.) Championship (5 X 5)

MARLOES COENEN (21-5), Amsterdam, Netherlands vs. CRIS CYBORG (11-1), Curitiba, Brazil

Co-Feature - Strawweights (115 lbs.)

AYAKA HAMASAKI (9-0), Tokyo, Japan vs.CLAUDIA "Claudinha" GADELHA (9-0), Mossoro, Brazil

Catch-weight (150 lbs.)

EDIANE "India" GOMES (10-2), Sao Paulo, Brazil vs.TAMIKKA "Boom Boom" BRENTS (2-0), Springfield, Illinois

Bantamweights (135 lbs.)

SARAH "The Monster" D'ALELIO (7-3), Olympia, Washington vs.LAUREN TAYLOR (6-0), Katy, Texas

MIRIAM "The Queen of Mean" NAKAMOTO (1-0-1), Dublin, California vs."Diamond" DUDA YANKOVICH (1-1), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Flyweights (125 lbs.)

LESLIE "The Peacemaker" SMITH (5-3-1), Pleasant Hill, California vs.JENNIFER MAIA (7-2-1), Curitiba, Brazil

Strawweights (115 lbs.)

JOANNE "JoJo" CALDERWOOD (6-0), Glasgow, Scotland vs.NORMA CENTER (2-0), Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Rowdy" BEC HYATT (5-2), Brisbane, Australia vs.MIZUKI INOUE (5-1), Nagoya, Japan

Featherweights

"Miss" MOLLIE ESTES (1-2), Oceola, Missouri vs.VERONICA "The Heartbreaker" ROTHENHAUSLER (1-0), Reno, Nevada

Strawweights

ASHLEY "Smashley" CUMMINS (3-1), St. Louis, Missouri vs.EMILY KAGAN (2-1), Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Thug" ROSE NAMAJUNAS (2-0), Milwaukee, Wisconsin vs.TECIA "The Tiny Tornado" TORRES (2-0), Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Atomweights

LIVIA "T-Rex" VON PLETTENBERG (1-1), Viena, Austria vs.CASSIE "The Hulk" ROBB (0-1), Denver, Colorado

Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing starting at 9:00 p.m. ET - 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, MTS and Viewer's Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide can purchase the show at Ustream.TV.

FREE two-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET - 4 p.m. ET, and available viaDIRECTV, DISH, select cable systems via iN Demand and Fight Now TV in the United States, plus Bell TV, Viewer's Choice, Shaw PPV and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch via Ustream.


ShoFIGHT Announces Summer Smash!

On IPPV

Leading Midwest mixed martial arts promotion ShoFIGHT presents "Summer Smash" on Saturday, July 20th, to be held at the Outback Complex on the famed 76 Strip in Branson, Mo., the "LIVE Entertainment Capital of the World." This outdoor event will broadcast LIVE online on GFL.TV and will showcase the top amateur fighters in the Midwest who are on the verge of taking their talents into the professional ranks.

Tickets are now available at ShoFIGHT.com starting at just $25 for General Admission and $40 for VIP Cageside.

If you want to see tomorrow's stars today, you will want to be at ShoFIGHT's "Summer Smash" or tune into the LIVE online broadcast on GFL.TV for only $14.99. ShoFIGHT veterans have gone on to compete in Bellator, Strikeforce, Maximum Fighting Championships, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Invicta Fighting Championships, and many of the other top professional MMA promotions around the world.

Headlining the "Summer Smash" event will be a bout between Cage of Honor Lightweight Champion Mike "Ong Bak" Breeden (7-3) and powerhouse Missouri-based striker Bryan Fahnestock (7-2).

"ShoFIGHT has become known as a breeding ground for tomorrow's MMA stars," says ShoFIGHT Promoter JT Tilley. "Breeden and Fahnestock are both stars on the rise, and I expect an incredible battle between the two. It's a truly intriguing matchup."

ShoFIGHT's "Summer Smash" will also feature a women's featherweight championship match, as undefeated Oklahoma-based striker Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin (3-0) battles former ShoFIGHT champ Courtney "The Krakken" Stowe (7-3) for the vacant ShoFIGHT title. Stowe is looking to reclaim the ShoFIGHT title that was once around her waist. In fact, she was never beaten for her featherweight title. She vacated it and took a year off, and has now returned to reclaim it.

Another great matchup has been added to the main PPV card, as Kansas-based ShoFIGHT Bantamweight Champion Joseph Fulk (10-2) faces Cage of Honor Featherweight Champion Chris Thurman (9-1) from Poplar Bluff, MO in a non-title fight. Thurman suffered his only loss to Fulk at ShoFIGHT 22 in 2011, and will be looking for revenge in what is sure to be a barnburner.

The complete ShoFIGHT's "Summer Smash" fight card* as it stands includes:

MAIN CARD (Broadcasted on GFL.tv)

ShoFIGHT Lightweight Championship:

Mike "Ong Bak" Breeden vs. Bryan Fahnestock

ShoFIGHT Women's Featherweight Championship:

Maegan "Mayhem" Goodwin vs. Courtney "The KRAKKEN" Stowe

Featherweight Super Fight:

Chris "Thurminator" Thurman vs. Joseph "The Hulk" Fulk

ShoFIGHT Super-Heavyweight Championship:

Josh Fairies vs. Shawn Bales

Featured Welterweight Bout:

Will "The Thrill" Lavine vs. "The Afro Samurai" Marco Hutch

Featured Lightweight Bout:

Parker Whitman vs. Doug Morlan

Featured WMMA Bantamweight Bout:

Alex "SnakeBite" Stobbe vs. Katy "Red Dragon" Collins

Kahylip Skaggs vs. Seth Mitchell

Cody Matthews vs. "The Rubber Band Man" Dylan Wilson

UNDERCARD

Steve Farrell vs. Trevor Thornton - Heavyweight

Myles Malone vs. Danny "The Python" Paxton - Flyweight

Dustin Stewart vs. RJ Crouch - Featherweight

Max Humphrey vs. Billy Simon - Middleweight

Jenry Ferrara vs. Jesse Moore - Featherweight

Jason "Honey Badger" Thompson vs. Lance Lee - Welterweight

Austin Graham vs. Shawn Boone - Lightweight

Greg Sanning vs. Doug Dainty - Cruiserweight

Kevin Brockman vs. Andrew Patterson - Catchweight

James Cantwell vs. Robbie Harbach - Lightweight

Ruben Marin vs. Sonny "One Cut" Johnson - Welterweight


Cage Warriors 61!

Set To Take Place In The Russian Republic Of Dagestan

CAGE WARRIORS Fighting Championship is pleased to announce that its 12th event of 2013 is set to take place in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

The event, currently scheduled as Cage Warriors 61, will be held at the 5,000-capacity Ali Alieva Arena near the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala on Saturday, November 16.

Cage Warriors 61 promises to be one of the promotion's most spectacular events yet, as CWFC makes its historic first ever visit to Dagestan, an area rich in mixed martial arts talent having produced the likes of current UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rustam Khabilov.

Cage Warriors will also visit neighbouring Chechnya next month for Cage Warriors 58, with the promotion eager to capitalise on the potential of a region with an enormous appetite for MMA.

The way has been paved for Cage Warriors 61 in Dagestan thanks to the vision of President Ramazan Abdulatipov and Prime Minister Mukhtar Medjidov, who are keen to assist in the growth of MMA in Dagestan, as well as opening the eyes of the world to its exceptional hospitality and beautiful scenery.

Cage Warriors' inaugural event in Dagestan will come just three weeks after CWFC Fight Night 9 in Bahrain, as the promotion continues its busy schedule of international shows.

"I'm very excited to be bringing Cage Warriors to Dagestan later this year," said Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan. "I want to show my appreciation to both President Ramazan Abdulatipov and Prime Minister Mukhtar Medjidov, without whom this event would not be possible.

"Both men are passionate about MMA and helping to develop the sport in Dagestan. I'm delighted and privileged to have them investing in Cage Warriors, for this event and beyond.

"Dagestan has an excellent reputation in the sport of MMA. Its fighters are highly-respected in the best promotions in the world and we'll be mixing them with some of our best UK and European talent to put on what's guaranteed to be a memorable event, packed with top-quality fights from start to finish."


Cyborg V Coenen II!

Invicta Road To Cyborg V Coenen II

In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card that marks Invicta FC's live television debut, ferocious KO artist and pound-for-pound sensation Cris Cyborg (11-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will face off with fellow superstar and submission ace Marloes Coenen (21-5) of The Netherlands in the first-ever Invicta FC world featherweight (145 pounds) championship bout.

The showdown between rivals Cyborg and Coenen marks a highly-anticipated rematch to their explosive, barnburner first fight in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan 30, 2010 in which Cyborg emerged victorious by way of TKO (punches) in the third and final scheduled round (3:40) of action.


Cyborg V Coenen II!

Weigh In Open To The Public

All 26 fighters participating in Saturday's highly-anticipated, live Pay-Per-View televised Invicta FC 6 women's world championship doubleheader Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City will weigh in on Friday Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. CT, Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City.

The weigh in is open to the public, free of charge, and will stream live on InvictaFC.com.

In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card that marks Invicta FC's live television debut, ferocious KO artist and pound-for-pound sensation Cris Cyborg (11-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will face off with fellow superstar and submission ace Marloes Coenen (21-5) of The Netherlands in the first-ever Invicta FC world featherweight (145 pounds) championship bout.

The showdown between rivals Cyborg and Coenen marks a highly-anticipated rematch to their explosive, barnburner first fight in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan 30, 2010 in which Cyborg emerged victorious by way of TKO (punches) in the third and final scheduled round (3:40) of action.

In the strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event, a pair of undefeated stars in JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki (9-0) of Tokyo, Japan and Claudia Gadelha (9-0) of Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte Brazil will put their untarnished records on the line against each other.

In other action on the Invicta FC 6 main card, three-time Invicta FC fight winner Sarah D'Alelio (7-3) of San Jose, Calif. will take on undefeated upstart Lauren Taylor (6-0) of Anchorage, Alaska at bantamweight (135 pounds).

After her second Invicta FC "Fight of the Night" performance, prolific striker Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (5-3-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will drop from bantamweight to flyweight and face off with Jennifer Maia (7-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil. Maia is coming off her second consecutive win, a unanimous decision over superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel, at Invicta FC 5 on April 5.

Former Invicta FC world atomweight (105 pounds) champion Jessica Penne (10-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will square off with battle-tested road warrior Nicdali "The Night Queen" Riveral-Calanoc (8-6) of Tulsa, Okla.

Crowd-pleasing finisher "Rowdy" Bec Hyatt (5-2) of Brisbane, Queensland Australia will look to notch her second straight victory under the Invicta FC banner in a strawweight showdown with JEWELS star Mizuki Inoue (5-1) of Nagoya, Aichi Japan. Inoue has won all five her professional stars to date by way of submission inside of two rounds of action.

Hard-hitting Muay Thai stylist Miriam Nakamoto (1-0) of Dublin, Calif. will square off with Duda "Diamond" Yankovich (1-1) of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in a bantamweight bout.

"Invicta FC 6," presented by Invicta Fighting Championships, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, MTS and Viewer's Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at Ustream.TV.

A free two-hour live pre-show consisting of the four-bout preliminary card will be available for viewing in North America via DIRECTV, DISH and Fight Now TV in the United States, plus Bell TV, Viewer's Choice and The Fight Network in Canada, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.


Kusch V Scott!

Cage Warriors 58

FORMER middleweight title contender Pavel Kusch (13-4) will return to CWFC action to take on Chris Scott (6-2) in the first bout to be officially announced for Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya on Saturday, August 24.

Kusch's last Cage Warriors outing saw him pipped at the post by Chris Fields for the CWFC middleweight belt in the final of the promotion's eight-man title tournament at CWFC Fight Night 7 in Jordan last September.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian, who'll be fighting for CWFC for the fourth time, has taken all 13 of his wins by submission, 11 of which have come in the first round.

"I am very happy to be fighting at Cage Warriors again and I'm determined to get the win," said Kusch. "I also want to put on an entertaining fight against a tough opponent."

Scott will be searching for his first CWFC win, having suffered a unanimous decision loss to Mats Nilsson on his promotional debut at Cage Warriors 53 in Glasgow in April.

Similar to his next opponent, the 30-year-old Englishman has also picked up all of his career wins by submission.

Scott said: "When I signed for Cage Warriors this was exactly what I wanted: big fights against big names, whether that be in the UK or abroad.

"My last bout didn't go to plan but I can only take the positives from it. For this fight I'll be a more focused and more confident fighter."


Cyborg V Coenen II!

Invicta FC 6 PPV

The first all-women's mixed-martial-arts event on pay per view, headlined by the mega-showdown between Brazilian KO artist Cris Cyborg (11-1) and Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen (21-5), is on tap this Saturday night (July 13) as Invicta Fighting Championships 6 airs live from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Cyborg vs. Coenen rematch is for the inaugural Invicta FC World Featherweight (145-pounds) Championship. Cyborg won the first fight between these two top pound-for-pound women's MMA fighters by TKO (punches).

"Invicta FC 6," presented by Invicta Fighting Championships, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing starting at 9:00 p.m. ET - 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, MTS and Viewer's Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at Ustream.TV.

FREE PRE-SHOW

A FREE two-hour live pre-show starts at 7:00 p.m. ET - 4 p.m. ET and will be available for viewing in North America viaDIRECTV, DISH and Fight Now TV in the United States, plus Bell TV, Viewer's Choice and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch via Ustream.

An all-star broadcast team has been assembled by Invicta FC for all of Saturday night's action. MMA's most recognizable blow-by-blow announcer, Mauro Ranallo, will be joined by MMA fighters handling color commentary, Julie Kedzie and "King Mo" Lawal.

The co-main event features a pair of undefeated strawweights (115 lbs.), Japanese invader and JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki and budding Brazilian star Claudia "Claudinha" Gadelha, both sporting identical 9-0 records.

Three-time Invicta FC fight winner Sarah "The Monster" D'Alelio (7-3), fighting out of San Jose (CA), meets undefeated Texas bantamweight (135 lbs.) prospect Lauren Taylor (6-0), while California (Pleasant Hills) striker Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (5-3-1) shoots for her third "Fight of the Night" performance in a flyweight (125 lbs.) clash with Brazilian favorite Jennifer Maia (7-2).

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard are atomweights (105 lbs.) Jessica Penne (10-2, California) vs. Nicdali "The Night Queen" Rivera-Calanoc (8-6, Oklahoma), strawweights Joanne "JoJo" Caldwell (6-0, Scotland) vs. Norma Center (2-0, Albuquerque, NM) and "Rowdy" Bec Hyatt (5-2, Australia) vs. Mizuki Inaoue (5-1, Japan), featherweight Ediane "India" Gomes (10-2, Florida) vs. Charmaine "Not Too Sweet" Tweet (4-3, Regina, Canada), and bantamweight Miriam "The Queen of Mean" Nakamoto (2-0), California) vs. "Diamond" Duda Yankovich (1-1, Brazil).

Fights scheduled on the pre-show include strawweights "Thug" Rose Namajunas (2-0, Minnesota) vs. Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (2-0, Florida) and Ashley "Smashley" Cummins (3-1, Missouri) vs. Emily Kagan (2-1, New Mexico), featherweight "Miss" Mollie Estes (1-2, Missouri) vs. Veronica "The Heartbreaker" Rothenhausier (1-0, California), and atomweight Livia "T-Rex" Von Plettenberg (1-1, Austria) vs. Cassie "The Hulk" Robb (0-1, Colorado).

All fights, excluding the 5 X 5 main event, will be 3 X 5 minute round fights. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cage Warriors 56

THE fighters are set for tomorrow night’s Cage Warriors 56 action at The Forum in London following this afternoon’s weigh-ins.

Headliners Bola Omoyele and Vincent del Guerra both made weight for their welterweight tussle, although Omoyele needed a second attempt before tipping the scales at the 171lbs limit.

Denniston Sutherland also had to make use of the additional two hours before he was on weight for his middleweight clash with Brett Bassett, but Andy Green and Aymard Guih both failed to make the contracted weight for their respective bouts.

Green was 0.8lb too heavy and surrendered 25 percent of his purse to opponent Arnold Allen, while Guih - who accepted the fight just yesterday - came in 3.4lbs over the limit for his 165lbs catchweight bout against Brad Wheeler.

However, having stepped in at such short notice, no deduction was made from Guih’s purse.

Welterweight: Vincent del Guerra (170.8lbs) v Bola Omoyele (171lbs)*

150lbs catchweight: Patrik Berisha (150.5lbs) v Robbie Olivier (149.3lbs)

Middleweight: Brett Bassett (182.9lbs) v Denniston Sutherland (185.9lbs)**

Featherweight: Nad Narimani (145.8lbs) v Graham Turner (146lbs)

160lbs catchweight: Warren Kee (160.5lbs) v Philip Mulpeter (160.4lbs)

Middleweight: Fabio Ferrari (185.3lbs) v Brett Sizeland (185.7lbs)

Lightweight: Adam Boussif (154.4lbs) v Sean Carter (155.2lbs)

Featherweight: Arnold Allen (144.8lbs) v Andy Green (146.8lbs)***

165lbs catchweight: Aymard Guih (169.4lbs)**** v Brad Wheeler (165.2lbs)

Bantamweight: Florian Calin (135.8lbs) v Paddy Pimblett (135.8lbs)

*Omoyele initially weighed in at 171.2lbs

**Sutherland initially weighed in at 187.7lbs

***Green initially weighed in at 148.2lbs; surrenders 25 percent of purse to Allen having also failed on second attempt

****Guih failed to make weight but, having taken the fight on a day’s notice, no purse deduction occurred.


UVC 24!

July 27TH

Live mixed martial arts action will return to Columbus on Saturday, July 27, as Ultimate Victory Challenge presents UVC 24: Impact at the Aladdin Shrine Center. The professional and amateur card is filled top to bottom with top talent, including a heavyweight headliner between Bellator MMA veterans Dan Spohn and William Penn.

In the main event, Dan "Dragon" Spohn (8-3 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) will move up to the heavyweight ranks, as he is set to welcome William "The King" Penn (7-3 / fighting out of Detroit, MI) to the UVC cage for the first time.

"This will be the biggest fight in Ohio this summer, both literally and figuratively," stated UVC co-owner Rick Pyles. "Both Spohn and Penn have been to the big show and both want to prove that they are ready to get back there. And both guys want to prove that the same way: with a knockout."

Spohn made his UVC debut in February 2013, when he submitted Robert Morrow with a rear naked choke at UVC 22. He then returned to the UVC cage in May, when he again submitted Aaron Mays with an arm bar off of his back to take home his second straight win. Normally known as a striker, Spohn has shown a different side of his game in recent outings that makes him more dangerous than ever inside the cage. The four-time Bellator veteran will compete over 205 pounds for the first time since defeating UFC veteran Josh Hendricks at a catchweight of 215 pounds in 2011. Spohn also holds notable victories over Josh Stansbury, John Hawk, and Dane Bonnigson.

"I'm excited to fight for UVC again, especially at the Aladdin Shrine right here in Buckeye Country," Spohn said. "I'm actually happy about fighting at heavyweight. It will take a lot of the stress of cutting weight off. I'm a large 205 so this should be fun!"

Making his first appearance for UVC, Penn will look for his fifth straight victory and fourth in a row inside the first round when he welcomes Spohn to the heavyweight ranks. The Bellator MMA veteran has stepped into the cage with some of the best fighters in the sport, including Raymond Lopez, current UFC contender Stipe Miocic, and multi-time Sambo world champion Blagoi Ivanov. He has earned back-to-back knockout victories over notable UFC veteran Josh Hendricks and Strikeforce veteran Jason Riley.

In a highly anticipated bout between two debuting fighters, Robbie "The Machine" Michaels (0-0 / fighting out of Tiffin, OH) will finally take on Chris "Rush Hour" Tucker (0-0 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) in a welterweight bout. The two were slated to meet at UVC 23 in May for the UVC amateur welterweight title before weigh-in complications canceled the bout just hours before the event was slated to start.

Now, both fighters will look to kick start their professional careers with a win. A former Cleveland State wrestler with over 90 career wins, Michaels went 5-0 as an amateur including a UVC 20 victory over D.J. Weatherby. Tucker posted a 5-2 amateur record and was looking to turn pro when he was offered a fill-in spot against Michaels at UVC 23.

In amateur action, the culmination of the UVC bantamweight tournament will feature rising stars Jordan Schembri (3-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) and Darnell "Achilles" Pettis (4-1 / fighting out of Bedford, OH) in one of the night's most anticipated bouts.

More bouts, including the co-main event and a total of three more professional bouts, will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets for UVC 24: Impact are available via LocalMMATickets.com and start at just $25, plus applicable service fees.


Coenen V Cyborg II!

Invicta PPV July 13TH

Dutch submission star Marloes Coenen (21-5) gets a second shot at Brazilian KO specialist Cris Cyborg (11-1) on July 13, headlining the Invicta Fighting Championships 6 pay-per-view event, which will be broadcast live from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cyborg vs. Coenen is a rematch of an exciting fight held more than three years ago, in which Cyborg won by TKO (punches), but, this time these two top pound-for-pound women's MMA fighters will be battling for the inaugural Invicta FC World Featherweight (145-pounds) Championship.

"Invicta FC 6," presented by Invicta Fighting Championships, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET - 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States and Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, MTS and Viewer's Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95.

In addition, viewers worldwide can purchase the show at Ustream.TV.

"In our first fight," Coenen explained, "I underestimated her. She made weight big-time and I had breakfast the day of the weigh in. I didn't have a strength-and-conditioning program. Now, three years later, I have advanced, matured and will come in bigger and stronger. I know what to expect this fight.

"The pressure is on her. A victory for me will leave the MMA community in shock and awe. For me, it means that I have set the record straight. It's awesome that this is a PPV event. Invicata has pulled it off! Women have proven to deliver a high level of continues fighting. It paid off. To be the head-liner of an event is always an honor."

Coenen is a complete fighter, including stand-up, but MMA in the U.S. differs from the interest in her native Neatherlands where Thai boxing is huge but largely under-the-radar in mainstream media exposure there. Young people, however, are gaining interest due to the increased availability of MMA fighting and information via forums and social media. Coenen, of course, is leading the charge and an upset of Cyborg would go a long way to establishing her even more in the sport as well as women's MMA back home.

"This match-up is special because we are both champions and neither of us back-down like some others who drop weight to make sure that they don't face a certain opponent," Coenen added. "I will be crowned the first Invicta 145-pounds champ."

The co-main event features a pair of undefeated strawweights (115 lbs.) sporting identical 9-0 professional records, Japanese invader and JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Brazilian strawweight sensation Claudia "Claudinha" Gadelha.

Three-time Invicta FC fight winner Sarah "The Monster" D'Alelio (7-3), fighting out of San Jose (CA), takes on unbeaten Texas bantamweight (135 lbs.) prospect Lauren Taylor (6-0), while California (Pleasant Hills) striker Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (5-3-1) shoots for her third "Fight of the Night" performance, dropping down from bantamweight to flyweight (125 lbs.) for a throw-down with another gifted Brazilian, Jennifer Maia (7-2).

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard are atomweight (105 lbs.) Jessica Penne (10-2, California) vs. Nicdali "The Night Queen" Rivera-Calanoc (8-6, Oklahoma), strawweight Joanne "JoJo" Caldwell (6-0, Scotland) vs. Norma Center (2-0, Albuquerque, NM) Sarah "White Tiger" Schneider (6-6, Missouri), featherweight Ediane "India" Gomes (10-2, Florida) vs. Charmaine "Not Too Sweet" Tweet (4-3, Regina, Canada), strawweight "Rowdy" Bec Hyatt (5-2, Australia) vs. Mizuki Inaoue (5-1, Japan), bantamweight Miriam "The Queen of Mean" Nakamoto (2-0), California) vs. "Diamond" Duda Yankovich (1-1, Brazil), strawweight "Thug" Rose Namajunas (2-0, Minnesota) vs. Tecia "The Tiny Tornado" Torres (2-0, Florida), strawweight Ashley "Smashley" Cummins (3-1, Missouri) vs. Emily Kagan (2-1, New Mexico), featherweight "Miss" Mollie Estes (1-2, Missouri) vs. Veronica "The Heartbreaker" Rothenhausier (1-0, California), and atomweight Livia "T-Rex" Von Plettenberg (1-1, Austria) vs. Cassie "The Hulk" Robb (0-1, Colorado).

All fights, excluding the 5 X 5 main event, will be 3 X 5 minute round fights. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Global Warrior Challenge's!

British Invasion Results

Tonight, the U.K. invaded the U.S. at Global Warrior Challenge's "British Invasion" PPV, which took place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an entertaining night of fights that saw everything from slick submissions, to comeback wins, to vicious knockouts, to hard=fought decisions. In short, it was what every fight fan looks for in an MMA card: action-packed.

In the end, it was a successful night for the U.K. competitors, as they took the majority of the bouts. However, all the fighters laid it all on the line, and left their best in the cage, regardless of the outcome.

Here are some highlights of the card:

Max "Power" Nunes (11-0) kept his record perfect with a 1st-round drubbing of Justin Davis. All 11 of the youngster's wins have come via stoppage...definitely a name to keep an eye on.

Jack Marshman moved his record to 12-1 with a brutal first-round TKO of Wayne Cole. Another Brit to watch out for.

Dayman Lake was getting blasted by Jake Heun, but survived and took his opponent's back, grabbing the RNC victory. Great come-from-behind submission.

LC Davis earned his 20th career MMA victory and fourth-straight win in a dominating decision over England’s James Saville…where does the KC native go from here?

British strongman champion Oli Thompson used (what else?) his brute strength to take down, bloody, and TKO Kevin Asplund.

Former TUF winner Kendall Grove looked great in his bout, busting a three-fight losing streak with a TKO win over the highly-regarded Englishman Danny Mitchell. Mitchell held his own, but in the end, it was a big win for Grove.

Andre Winner withstood a very game Drew Fickett, who showed up in great shape and attacked relentlessly. It was a close fight, but Winner stood tall at the end. Great bout.

Bobby Lashley did what he said he planned to do, which was go in, take Matthew Larson down, and submit him. In the process, he pulled off a highlight-reel body-lock slam. Solid victory for the former WWE star.

GWC Promoter Robert Beene said, "I couldn't be prouder of our GWC athletes tonight. They put on such a great show...I can't wait to see them fight again. What an exciting night."