Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

Campbell McLaren talks to Kingdom MMA 'I would have never sold the UFC'

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

GLORY 18: Return to Glory announced for November 7th in Shawnee, Oklahoma

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit GLORY Sports International
The world’s premier kickboxing league, GLORY have announced their next event, as GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY is set to take place from the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Friday, November 7th.

The headline bout is a Lightweight world title clash, champion Davit Kiria (22-9-0, 7 KOs) defends against #2 ranked challenger Robin van Roosmalen (32-6-0, 19 KOs) in the third fight of a trilogy that began in 2011. Van Roosmalen won both of the previous two encounters, with his latest victory coming nearly one year ago at GLORY 12: New York in November of 2013.

In the co-headline bout of the evening, worlds collide as American knockout artist and #2 ranked middleweight Wayne Barrett (5-1-0, 4 KOs) meets Dutch Kickboxing specialist Jason Wilnis (21-4-1, 6 KOs), currently ranked #9.

GLORY's one-night, four-man tournament format returns with power punchers Brian Collette (21-2-0, 18 KOs) and Zack Mwekassa (11-1-0, 10 KOs) squaring off. On the other side of the Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament bracket, rising prospects do battle as Saulo Cavalari (28-2-0, 18 KOs) goes up against Artem Vakhitov (11-4-0, 3 KOs). The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off to earn the right to fight for the GLORY Light Heavyweight World Title at a later date.

The full card for GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY can be found below:

GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY
Tournament Final Bout: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
Headline Bout: Davit Kiria vs. Robin van Roosmalen
Co-Headline Bout: Wayne Barrett vs. Jason Wilnis
Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov
Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Brian Collette vs. Zack Mwekassa

Tickets  for GLORY 18: RETURN TO GLORY will available for purchase online at grandboxoffice.com and are priced at $35, $55, and $100.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Contender Promotions fighter Tarik Khbabez dominates Superkombat competition

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA



Contender Promotions fighter Tarik Khbabez, who is set to headline the November 8th event against Daniel Sam in a Super-Heavyweight title fight, has proven his credentials after winning the Superkombat WGP IV in Almere on September 27th.

Hand selected by Garry Bell and his team at the Fightstar Hunt in Holland, Tarik Khbabez ran through the 4-man tournament in Almere, putting a beating on Gürhan Değirmenci, causing a doctor's stoppage at the end of round one.

He then went on to dominate Dexter Suisse in the final of the Grand Prix.

Novembers card also boasts a 4 man world GP tournament in the 70kg devision with fighters from three difference countries.

Tickets available from: www.contenderpromotions.co.uk

Taylor Lapilus removed from Stockholm card, Dennis Siver to face Charles Rosa

SMMAF remove Lapilus, add Rosa against Siver

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit UFC

The UFC today announced that American Top Team's Charles Rosa (9-0) will step in to fight Denis Siver on a week's notice at UFC Fight Night Stockholm in a Featherweight encounter.

This comes after the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation ruled Taylor Lapilus (8-1) was not a suitable opponent for Siver on October 4th.

The UFC have confirmed that Lapilus will remain in the promotion and will compete at a later date.

UFC 178 Review: McGregor justifies hype, Cruz savage in return, Zingano stakes title claim, Cerrone prevails and Mighty Mouse dazzles

UFC 178 Review: McGregor justifies hype, Cruz savage in return, Zingano stakes title claim, Cerrone prevails and Mighty Mouse dazzles 


By Alex Dillon @AlexKingdomMMA



For quite some time, UFC 178 had been a hugely anticipated card, various fights carried their own significant hype going into the event and big questions were hovering: could Eddie Alvarez hang with the lightweight elite? Is McGregor legit? Is Zingano the true #1 contender for Ronda Rousey’s title and can Cruz successfully come back from a career threatening injury? Once the dust had settled Saturday night, it was clear that they were all emphatically answered.

UFC Flyweight Championship:  Demetrious Johnson (c) vs Chris Cariaso

For a title fight headliner, this was the least talked about fight on the main card, many expected ‘Mighty Mouse’ to blast through #8 ranked Cariaso and that’s exactly what happened after a cagey opening. Johnson who holds the far superior technical skills began to land on Cariaso as the 1st round was drawing to a close with various kicks and knees to the body which seemed to hurt his opponent and Cariaso was literally saved by the bell. The finish would come half way through the 2nd round as Cariaso would find himself in all sorts of trouble off his back and end up being submitted by the champion via Kimura. It’s fair to say this victory didn’t do a whole lot for Mighty Mouse but again he showed why he is a complete mixed martial artist, awesome performance none the less.

Result: Demetrious Johnson (c) def. Chris Cariaso via submission (Kimura) at 2:29 of Round 2

Donald Cerrone vs Eddie Alvarez

This fight pitted lightweight stand out Cerrone vs UFC newcomer and former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone as he typically does, started the fight off slow and Alvarez was having much joy in the opening round landing some heavy shots and at one point, had Cerrone in the clinch firing away multiple blows to him that were obviously doing damage but a Cerrone said in the post fight interview “no not today”.  In the 2nd round, Cerrone started to get into his groove with an array of leg kicks and body kicks that clearly troubled Alvarez and this pattern continued for the rest of the fight as Cerrone chopped away with leg kicks that at one point dropped Alvarez en route to a Unanimous Decision victory. Eddie Alvarez gave a good debut performance but Cowboy is on a surge at the moment which arguably puts him as the #1 contender in the division and rightly so.

Result: Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez via Unanimous Decision 29-28 (x3)

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier

This fight was by far, the most anticipated fight in the UFC for a while never mind this card. McGregor, arguably the most hyped fighter since Brock Lesnar, was yet to be tested significantly for all of his talk and Dustin Poirier ranked #5 was deemed the man to give him that test. The Irish followed McGregor to Vegas in their thousands and it felt like Dublin all over again with Poirier being jeered in his own country. The fight got underway with both fighters meeting in the middle of the octagon and immediately exchanging. McGregor looked to dictate the pace as always and connected straight away but Poirier would land a shot of his own which didn’t seem to affect the Irishman. McGregor would land heavily again and then another glancing blow which clipped Poirer behind the ear sent him down to the canvas and McGregor finished him with some ground and pound early on in the 1st round.  This was the performance McGregor promised everybody and certainly puts him in the hierarchy of the featherweight division. He’ll fly out to Brazil for Aldo/Mendes II and don’t be too surprised to see him leapfrog Edgar/Swanson for a title shot.

Result: Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 1

Yoel Romero v Tim Kennedy

This middleweight match up pitted two contenders with solid wrestling backgrounds who were looking to assert themselves in the title picture. The early stages of this fight were largely dictated by Romero who used his explosive striking and grappling to control Kennedy and really rough him up which was seemingly working as Kennedy was already cut heading back to his corner in the 1st. The 2nd round was quite different as Kennedy turned it around and at one point had Romero out on his feet landing some heavy uppercuts and further heavy strike against the cage before Romero was saved by the bell. Controversy struck as Romero failed to ‘answer the bell’ come the final round as his corner delayed him getting off his stool. 30 seconds over the allotted time and the 3rd round finally got underway. It was to be a blessing for Romero as he eventually got the TKO victory over Kennedy in the early stages of Round 3 in a fight which was awarded FOTN.

Result: Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (punches) at 0:58 of Round 3

Cat Zingano vs Amanda Nunes

This fight marked the return of #1 women’s contender Cat Zingano after a pretty rough year out of the sport due to different situations. It couldn’t have been a worst start for her as Nunes quickly gained a takedown and punched away at Zingano who somehow hung in there to survive the onslaught and end round 1 in top position. Enter round 2 and Zingano began where she left off. Beginning to dominate and assert all aspects of her game landing two really impressive takedown throws which got the crowd pumped. Zingano would continue to be impressive throughout and justified her #1 contender spot as she finished Nunes with some brutal ground and pound in the 3rd.

Result: Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) at 1:21 of Round 3

Dominick Cruz vs Takeya Mizugaki

Former bantamweight champion Cruz made his eagerly anticipated return as headliner on the prelims after a two year injury lay off in which he was forced to relinquish his title. Many wondered if the injury would affect Cruz’ expert footwork and overall game and if he could ever reach his championship level again. Those questions were swiftly answered as Cruz landed a big take down early on which then turned to a mauling of Mizugaki as Cruz produced a barrage of punches to his opponent against the cage which forced the referee to stop the fight. Cruz looked unreal and in his post fight interview re-ignited an old rivalry by saying that he wanted to beat up some more ‘alpha fail’ which clearly indicates that Cruz wants his bantamweight title back and it’s hard to deny him a matchup with T.J Dillashaw after that performance.

Result: Dominick Cruz def. Takeya Mizugaki via KO (punches) at 1:01 of Round 1


Jorge Masvidal def. James Krause via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Stephen Thompson def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Brian Ebersole def. John Howard via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kevin Lee def. Jon Tuck via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Manny Gamburyan def. Cody Gibson via Submission (Guillotine choke) at 4:51 of Round 2

Friday, 26 September 2014

Bellator 126 Weigh-In Results

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

 Shlemenko (left) vs Halsey | Image Credit Bellator MMA
The Bellator weigh-ins have been completed from the Grand Canyon University Arena in preparation for Bellator 126 on September 26th.

MAIN CARD:
Middleweight World Title Fight: Brandon Halsey (184.4) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (184.6)
Lightweight Tournament Final: Patricky Pitbull (155.6) vs. Marcin Held (155.7)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Thiago Meller (145.4) vs. Bubba Jenkins (146)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (135.5) vs. Ed West (135.9)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Catchweight Feature Fight (160 lbs.): Raymond Pina (159.4) vs. Larue Burley (155)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Jacob Ortiz (186) vs. Clifford Starks (185.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Rossborough (245.8) vs. Ryan Martinez (256.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Michael Parker (136.3) vs. Joe Taimanglo (135.7)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Stuart Austin (235.2) vs. Dan Charles (228.3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Campos (153.3) vs. Estevan Payan (155.4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Brandon Girtz (156) vs. Benny Madrid (155.9)

BAMMA announce the signing of Welterweight prospect Walter Gahadza

Despite the loss of Paul Daley to Bellator, the UK promotion now look to build a new star.

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


BAMMA has announced the signing of Welterweight prospect Walter "The Sniper" Gahadza to the UK promotion's ranks in a multi-fight 18 month contract.

Gahadza has been untested thus far in his professional MMA career, coming out with a 14-0 record, and training with Paul Daley and co. he is considered potential future star of UKMMA. With six knockouts, and five submission wins, he is sure to bring some fireworks to the BAMMA battleground.

To Kingdom MMA's knowledge, Gahadza is still recovering from an injury and will likely make his debut next year.

Walter simply had the following to say on his signing with BAMMA "The Welterweight division has just got interesting.. I'm Coming."

Matchmaker Jude Samuel added "In a division that is full of so much talent, it might seem difficult to single out and recognise an individual that as a matchmaker will make a difference to the company and to the division as a whole. I believe Walter with the hard work that he is know for could be that individual. "

Ashley Bothwell, BAMMA Managing Director said "We have followed the career of Walter closely for some time now and are delighted that he has chosen the BAMMA promotion to further his career. He is undoubtedly one of the UK's leading talents and I am sure that MMA fans cannot wait to see if he can deliver on the BAMMA stage. Fighting for this promotion means a big step up in the talent that Walter will face but this is a fighter that potentially has the talent to reach the very top."

Other recent signings to BAMMA include Jeremy Petley, Lee Chadwick, Ashleigh Grimshaw, Shaun Taylor, Jody Collins and Andy Craven.

UFC 178: Preview and Predictions

UFC 178: Preview and Predictions


By Alex Dillon @AlexKingdomMMA




Las Vegas plays host to one of the most anticipated cards of the year on Saturday night as UFC 178 comes to town. Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso headline the card in a flyweight title match up. Feature bouts Donald Cerrone vs Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier are also scheduled for the upper part of the main card and the prelims are headlined by the returning former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz after a two year injury lay off.

UFC Flyweight Championship:  Demetrious Johnson (c) (20-2-1)  vs Chris Cariaso (17-5) 

Many fans and media were hardly jumping for joy when this match up replaced the original Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier headliner and rightly so as the latter had all the makings of a classic as well as being overly hyped up in the process thanks to a media day brawl. Where this fight is concerned though is that many think it’s a straight forward routine win for the champion Mighty Mouse as Cariaso is ranked down at #8 and does not really have any of the top guys in the division on his resume. Adding to this, Johnson has looked unreal in every outing since winning the belt against arguably, tougher competition (Benavidez, Dodson, Bagautinov). However, there have been instances before where fights such as this have taken place and the heavy underdog has come through (Dillashaw, Serra ) so there’s every chance Cariaso could pull off an unlikely upset as this is the fight game after all and anything can happen. That being said, I fully expect DJ to defend his title and in style.

Prediction: Demetrious Johnson

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (24-6) vs Eddie Alvarez (25-3)  

This fight is a hard one to pick and the betting odds back that up. Cerrone is on a four fight win streak and has looked super impressive as of late. Alvarez is the former Bellator lightweight champion and carries hype of his own, he’s been a long time coming in the UFC and a what a way to make your debut against the never dull Cerrone. The winner of this fight could potentially be next in line for the belt so I expect both to put on a show. It’s going to be interesting to see how Alvarez fairs among the world’s elite having being touted as one of the best for such a long time. Cerrone’s current streak and stronger attributes give him the edge and make him my favourite to pick up the win here however.

Prediction: Donald Cerrone

Conor McGregor (15-2) vs Dustin Poirier (16-3)

Easily the most anticipated fight of the night and are we surprised? McGregor, the UFC’s fastest rising star is coming off a glorious home town victory in July and now faces #5 ranked Poirer in which a victory would see him close in on a title shot. This fight presents the first ‘real’ test for McGregor in many fans eyes and should show everyone where he actually is in his MMA career. Poirier is himself coming off an impressive victory after finishing Akira Corrasani last time out. In my opinion, this fight has come at the right time for both competitors, they have both beat the same calibre of fighter in the UFC and both claim they will win the featherweight belt sooner rather than later so this battle will put these claims to the test.  Many questions have been raised about McGregors ground game after losses dating back 4 years ago and Poirier’s chin is also of question after being rocked by both Diego Brandao and Akira Corrasani before going on to finish both.  UFC embedded included an awkward meeting of McGregor and Poirier where the latter seemed to be riled up by McGregor’s antics and this coupled with his tendency to get rocked is going to be Poirier’s down fall in this fight. McGregor in my eyes is a legitimate featherweight and he’s only going to get better, he should finish Poirier come Saturday night.

Prediction: Conor McGregor

Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy

Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes

Prelims

Dominick Cruz def. Takeya Mizugaki

James Krause def. Jorge Masvidal

Stephen Thompson def. Patrick Cote

John Howard def. Brian Ebersole

Jon Tuck def. Kevin Lee

Manny Gamburyan def. Cody Gibson

UFC 178 Betting Guide

by Will Martin @BIGBILBAR7MMA


So the biggest card in 2014 is upon us as UFC 178 takes place in Las Vegas and I'm here to give you some useful pointers on a few bets I like. As huge as this card is I have found it very hard to get many good looking bets as the match ups are all close and some of the odds are not great but I will give you the usual Parlay, a high paying Method of victory treble and a few method of victory bets to keep an eye on.

Bet 1

Cat Zingano 4/11
Donald Cerrone 9/10
Jon Tuck 13/8
John Howard 4/9
Conor McGregor 1/3

Stake-£5 Returns- £65

So here is my Parlay bet for this week, it's strong but would still be looking for a few tough match ups to go our way. First up I have chosen the returning Cat Zingano who returns to the octagon after a horrific 18 months in which she went through injury and personal issues, but as she returns she finds a tough Brazilian in Amanda Nunes stood across the cage. Zingano is an all around better fighter who has power in her hands and particularly her knees as she showed against Miesha Tate in her last encounter along with solid strikes from the clinch and is also very good on the ground, Cat should get the win here.

Next up is the UFC's most active fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone as he faces perhaps the best fighter who was fighting outside the UFC in former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Now this fight is a toss up here and I admit I went back and forth all week regarding who will win and I have committed myself to picking Cerrone even though I'm not 100% confident but why I chose the Cowboy is his overall octagon experience which I think will be key to victory here. Cerrone's kickboxing is second to none and I feel he could catch Alvarez as he attempts to go for a takedown and as he is ducking down that is a prime height for Cerrone to unload his deadly head kick but this fight could go either way and both guys are priced at the same so if you fancy Eddie put him instead.

I was very surprised to see Jon Tuck come out as the underdog in his fight with Kevin Lee, yes Lee has the very clear wrestling advantage but personally I feel he is a little undersized for the division and Tuck is extremely quick on his feet and is difficult to takedown, along with some great offensive Ju-Jitsu. Lee may not want to go there and I can see Tuck taking the decision.

In a match up with two veterans of the sport I have taken John Howard to beat the unpredictable Brian Ebersole. There really isn't too much between these two but I feel that Howard is going to catch Ebersole with a punch that will throw Ebersole off his game and he can go on to get a decision victory.

Last but no means least is the Irish king the Notorious Conor McGregor as he faces his toughest fight to date against Number 5 ranked featherweight Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier in the real main event of this card. Back in July McGregor lit up his hometown of Dublin with a dominating display over Diego Brandao, now he faces Poirier in a clash to move even closer to the title. McGregor is a killer on his feet, his angles and movement are a joy to watch, mixed in with his strong kicking game I feel his accumulation of strikes will wear down Poirier. It's a tough fight for McGregor but I'm confident in this pick.

Bet 2

Cerrone via KO/TKO
Zingano via KO/TKO
McGregor Via KO/TKO

Stake £5 Returns - £194

Now this is a long shot without a doubt, but if you have a few quid kicking about there is worst bets you could throw your money on. Of Conor McGregor's three fights in the UFC I have placed a KO treble including Conor in the bet and twice it has come in so I'm hoping it continues this weekend. Also, if you don't fancy all KO's in these fight you could pick them all to win via decision which will also pay back very nicely.

Bet 3

If you're looking for a single bet to throw money on look no further than either of these two here Donald Cerrone at 5/1 via KO/TKO and Dustin Poirier to win via decision at 13/2 are both great odds and both have a good chance to come in. I can see a lot of people putting this on, especially if you're not a fan of Conor McGregor and I know there are a few about we don't like the Irish man.

Underdog of the card

The Underdog here which jumps out at me is Manny Gamburyan who is making his debut in the 135 pound division if he has had a good weight cut he should be able to overpower Cody Gibson get him to the ground and  get a decision victory.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

UFC 178 Media Roundtable

UFC 178 Media Roundtable

by Ben Heather @benheather


This weekends UFC 178 event is one of the cards of the year and has to be a must watch for all MMA fans. The event has a bit of everything, a title fight with a top 5 ranked pound for pound fighter in the main event. A co main event which marks Eddie Alvarez's debut in the UFC where he meets the always entertaining Donald Cowboy Cerrone and then the fight which has been dubbed the peoples main event as Conor McGregor returns to the octagon and will face by far the toughest challenge of his career in Dustin Poirier. Also on the card you have the long awaited returns of Dominick Cruz and Cat Zingano who will hope that a win will get them back in to a potential title shot.

With a lot of interesting match ups and stories to unfold this weekend we asked some of our friends from other MMA sites to weigh in on a few key topics going in to the event.

Would a Cariaso victory on Saturday night be the biggest upset in a UFC title fight of all time? 
Sean Sheehan (Severe MMA): Simply put, to knowledgeable MMA people, yes it would. Matt Serra beating Georges St-Pierre is to this day seen still as the biggest upset in MMA history with Weidman/Silva and Barao/Dillashaw also on the radar. The difference between those three and Chris Cariaso, though, is huge. Serra was expected to grapple with GSP but unleashed huge power, the same can be said for Dillashaw with plethora of technique added while Weidman is an extreme talent who reached his potential right on queue. With all due respect, Chris Cariaso isn't as talented as any of those three. He is a fine, well rounded mixed martial artist with some solid defence but is not in the league of Demetrious Johnson.

Jade Morris (Bay TV): It would be a surprise for sure... Mighty Mouse is a great champion and has been unstoppable... but you never know, people love an underdog.

Tony Quant (Whoa TV): Yes for sure it would stake a claim for being one of the biggest upsets in a title fight. Dillashaw and Weidman have been the biggest upsets of recent times in my eyes given how dominant Silva and Barao had been as Champs. So yeah if Cariaso beats Johnson it will be right up there given how dominant Johnson has been in the UFC since winning the gold. I personally don’t see it happening but stranger things have happened (Serra/GSP) and he definitely stands a “punchers chance.” Every time Johnson fights people look at the ways his opponents can beat him and those chances get smaller and smaller as he continues to evolve and get better after every fight. So sorry Cariaso but I don’t see an upset coming in this one.

Dan Moore (MMA Torch): If Chris Cariaso does the unexpected and wins on Saturday night, without doubt, it would rank alongside the likes of Matt Serra (beat Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69), Chris Weidman (beat Anderson Silva at UFC 162) and, T.J. Dillashaw (beat Renan Barao at UFC 173). Serra’s win is still the greatest of all time in my eyes, because no one saw it coming. A Cariaso win would almost match it, but it wouldn’t be better. Demetrious Johnson is a terrific talent, but no matter how good he is, he doesn’t have the status of a GSP or Silva. Fickle fight fans will forget all about a Cariaso win in years to come, but they won’t forget the Serra and Weidman wins. 

Ben Heather (Kingdom MMA): In my opinion the biggest upset in a title fight was Chris Weidman beating Anderson Silva as he was known as the pound for pound best fighter in the world when it happened, where as when GSP lost to Matt Serra he wasn't the same dominant fighter he went on to become. Which gets me on to Saturday night, if Cariaso wins in my opinion it would become the greatest upset in a title fight ever. Mighty Mouse has shown since winning the title how much better he is than everyone else at 125lbs and cleared out the top contenders so far. So for a +900 underdog to come in and beat him would be incredible.

Does the Alvarez/ Cerrone winner on Saturday night become the next guy after Melendez to get a title shot at 155?

Dan Moore (MMA Torch): Name recognition will count for a great deal when the UFC selects their next title contender from a very stacked lightweight division. Eddie Alvarez and Donald Cerrone have recognition in abundance, and win or lose; they usually guarantee an exciting fight. In terms of other possible contenders, Khabib Nurmagomedov is out injured until 2015 and would need a warm-up fight first. Rafael dos Anjos is booked to fight Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 13, which in itself is a solid clue he’s not next. That’s it, two viable names, so the door is wide open for either Cerrone or Alvarez to stake their claim on Saturday night.

Ben Heather (Kingdom MMA): If Cerrone wins on Saturday night, I can't see him waiting until the new year to fight for the title so even if he is given the "number 1 contender" tag I think he would fight before Pettis vs Melendez even takes place.

If Alvarez wins this is where it gets interesting, I think the UFC would like to see Alvarez fight for a title soon and so he may be given the option to sit out for 6 months to get the shot. However, the UFC also have a chance here to show that being a Bellator champion doesn't mean much in the UFC and make him fight again against a big name, maybe Benson Henderson before he jumps up to Welterweight. If he wins he then certainly deserves that shot next in a division which is stacked.

Sean Sheehan (Severe MMA): There are many factors at play but, all things being equal, yes the winner will get the next title shot. As we saw with Gilbert Melendez, the UFC are ready to strike while the iron is hot with talents from other organisations. Should Alvarez beat Cerrone, with Khabib Nurmagomedov still on the sidelines through injury, there isn't really a step between there are the top. For Cerrone, it's a no-brainer. After beating a whole array of top talent in his last handful of fights a win over Eddie Alvarez would make him a certainty to fight for the title next. The biggest factor in all of these plans, though, is the health of the champion Anthony Pettis.

Tony Quant (Whoa TV): No I don’t think the winner of this one deserves the next shot after Melendez. I think Khabib deserves the shot the most in that division even ahead of Melendez and also Dos Anjos is right up there (but I see they matched him with Diaz next). For me Alvarez needs to beat Cerrone then one more in the top five (Bendo?) and likewise Cerrone needs two more wins before he is in the title picture. The UFC may give the shot to Alvarez given his profile and the fact that he was the former Bellator Champion but I think they will probably want two UFC wins under his belt before they do, which will also diminish the Bellator Title credentials at the same time.

Jade Morris (Bay TV): Cerrone being on an impressive 4 fight winning streak would definitely deserve a title shot if he pulls off a win but I think for Alvarez although he will be a force to be reckoned with in the division he needs a few more fights in the UFC first.

Who has more at stake on Saturday night between McGregor & Poirier?

Ben Heather (Kingdom MMA): This fight is a great fight and I have been going back and forth all week as to who i think wins. I am still undecided but can't wait to see it go down. As for who has more on the line its a close call. I would love to see a huge European show in the near future and a Conor win goes a long way to making that a reality. However, if Conor was to lose he is no longer this Irish phenom who is unbeatable and the next big thing in the UFC so that will seriously damage the next year to 18 months of his career.

Poirier I feel though has more on the line, he has been called out by Conor for a long time and now has the chance to knock him out the title picture and try to stop him running his mouth. If he is unable to beat McGregor or even worse lose in round 1 like Conor is predicting this could seriously damage his future career.

The saving grace for both men is they are still both young and could recover from a lose however bad it is, it just may take a while before we see the loser fighting for a title.

Sean Sheehan (Severe MMA): Both men have plenty at stake on Saturday but, in all honesty, a loss shouldn't effect them in the long term. For McGregor, a loss would fuel the fire of his many, many detractors and slow his progression - but it wouldn't stop it. For Poirier it's probably straight back in after a loss against one of the losers of the upcoming Aldo/Mendes and Edgar/Swanson fights. We've seen guys lose and build their way back to title shots on numerous occasions. Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, Joseph Benavidez, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort the list goes on and on. Poirier and McGregor are hard-working, gifted and young enough to get straight back on the horse. A loss would hurt their title dreams but they certainly won't end them.

Dan Moore (MMA Torch): A loss for either guy isn’t the end of the world, even if it does set them back the best part of a year. Poirier has done it all before, is still only 25 years old and, not yet at his peak. A win or two in 2015 will put him straight back into contention.  A loss will hurt McGregor more because his personality and popularity is built around winning fights and doing it with style. As soon as he fails to perform inside the Octagon, fans will no longer buy into the whole indestructible superstar persona he portrays so effectively. He can still bounce back from a loss but the UFC won’t be pushing his hype train quite as frantically.

Jade Morris (Bay TV): McGregor is the next Chael Sonnen, a loss would not damage his career. Poirier however has more at stake not only for future title hopes but he wants to make a point that McGregor has been too hyped up and he finds it insulting to the other top contender featherweights on the already stacked division.

Tony Quant (Whoa TV): I think McGregor has more at stake in this fight than Poirier does. But I think McGregor likes it that way and thrives from the pressure, just like he did against Brandao. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with losing to Poirier. I think McGregor will get the win but it won’t be as easy as he is envisaging it to be. A loss for McGregor will knock him off his title plans but a win will definitely put him in the mix. Whereas a win for Poirier will probably leave him with a couple more fights before he gets a crack at the gold. McGregor has the whole of Ireland on his shoulders and in making such a visage about himself he really needs to deliver in these fights and therefore I really think he has more at stake in this one. But I expect him to come good and prove his worth against one of the best Featherweights in the world.

Now you have heard what we all think, let us know your thoughts below.

Kountermove Predictions for our UFC 178 Tournament

Check out how to join out Kountermove “pick ‘em” tournament for UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit UFC
Kingdom MMA brings you its third Kountermove tournament this weekend following a successful week of double header action, but for any newcomers who have a few questions, here is the essential information. Kountermove is simply a form of fantasy MMA, pick a team of fighters who you think will win and your chosen fighters are awarded points based on strikes, takedowns and rounds won etc.

You can join our Kountermove tournament for UFC 178: UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso with a chance to win up to $25 right here: http://www.kountermove.com/join/32661-kingdom-mmas-ufc-178-25-freeroll-game-on-ufc-178-johnson-vs-cariaso-T-free/

If you want to win a bit of money but you need some guidance then take a look at Kingdom MMA’s predictions, our ‘favourite five’ below, a few fighters who you may fancy picking.

1. Conor McGregor - $5200: The Notorious MMA superstar makes his Las Vegas debut as he takes on the toughest test of his career in Dustin Poirier, in a fight with huge future Featherweight title implications.

McGregor has the heart of a nation in his hands, and a loss at this point could be devastating, however the SBG Ireland fighter has derailed every challenge the UFC has thrown in front of him, including Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway and Diego Brandão. Opponent Poirier is on an equally as impressive run, with wins over Erik Koch, Brandão and Akira Corassani have bought these two on a collision course. With a war of words exchanged this heated battle is expected to light up Las Vegas in the people's main event.

2. Eddie Alvarez - $4500: Making the jump from Bellator MMA to the UFC, after over a year of awkward negotiations and court cases, Eddie Alvarez is finally set to make his debut on the big stage against top Lightweight contender Donald Cerrone.

Cerrone is riding a four-fight win streak, and is coming off a performance of the night win over Jim Miller back in July. Alvarez will be fighting in only his fourth fight in two years, after a lengthy legal battle with Bellator kept him sidelined. Considered the best Lightweight outside of the UFC, Alvarez now looks to topple fifth ranked Cerrone.

3. Dominick Cruz - $5700: The former WEC and UFC Bantamweight champion makes his triumphant return to MMA after a near three year lay-off. He faces five-fight win streak Takeya Mizugaki. Many have argued that should Cruz win he is next in line for TJ Dillashaw's Bantamweight title.

Japan's Mizugaki is on an impressive tear and a win over the former champion Cruz could send him into a potential title eliminator, or even a possible title shot. Having never actually lost the belt, Cruz needs a win to propel himself back into the spotlight. However having lost a large portion of his career through injury, many still wonder whether or not The Dominator can make a successful return.

4. Tim Kennedy - $4900: #6 Middleweight Tim Kennedy and #10 Yoel Romero fight in a match-up that will have a big impact on a potential top five ranking.

Despite a loss to Rafael Cavalcante in his Strikeforce debut, Romero received the call up to the UFC and has been unbeaten in four fights, with impressive wins including: Derek Brunson and Brad Tavares. Kennedy is riding a similar streak, however recently claiming the biggest scalp of his career with a dominating performance over Michael Bisping back in April.

Both fighters are great wrestlers so it may be a struggle on the ground, however the stand-up advantage gives Kennedy the edge.

5. James Krause - $4100: This event's wild card pick comes in the Lightweight division, as James Krause squares off with Jorge Masvidal.

Krause is coming off a controversial TKO win against Jamie Varner, who injured his ankle during the fight. Before hand, besides a lost to Bobby Green, Krause has racked up several wins since late 2007, four of them coming by submission. 12th ranked Masvidal is riding a two-fight streak, with wins over Pat Healy and Daron Cruickshank and a win against the non-ranked Kruase may not do much for his career, but helps him hold his position.

So don’t forget to join in with UFC 178 in our exclusive Kountermove tournament: http://www.kountermove.com/join/32661-kingdom-mmas-ufc-178-25-freeroll-game-on-ufc-178-johnson-vs-cariaso-T-free/

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier set to be shown on delayed free-to-air TV on 3e

3e continue their huge support for Conor McGregor in the UFC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


3e will air Conor McGregor’s next fight against American Dustin Poirier, ranked 5th in UFC's featherweight division, on the undercard of Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso, at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Saturday 27th September, on a delayed basis. All of the action will kick-off on 3e next Monday 29th September from 9.30pm with UFC 178 Countdown, followed by Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor at 10pm.

3e has agreed delayed free-to-air broadcast rights in Ireland with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for delayed access to all Pay-Per-View events from America and Europe. The two-year partnership comes after 3e, part of the TV3 Group, broadcast the recent UFC Fight Night Dublin to record audiences.

3e’s free-to-air coverage of the event will allow Irish UFC fans a chance to see ‘The Notorious’ in action. The Dubliner has made the top ten of the division for the first time following his technical knockout of Diego Brandao in front of a packed out O2 Dublin last July. There’s been plenty of ‘trash talk’ with McGregor confident of putting Poirier away in the 1st round. It’s an important clash that will surely elevate McGregor to new heights in UFC circles if his prediction of a first round victory comes true. In addition to this Monday’s UFC 178 event, 3e will also broadcast the main cards from nine UFC events from Europe as well as weekly magazine shows, UFC Now and UFC Insider.

To kick start 3e’s ‘fight night’, X Men: The Last Stand will be shown at 7.30pm ahead of the UFC 178 Countdown and to keep the action going all night, the high octane, blockbuster, The Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li, will be broadcast at midnight, directly after the highly anticipated UFC 178.

TV3 Group Head of Sport, Kieran Holden, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the UFC and we thank them for their support in enabling the TV3 Group to broadcast the biggest and best UFC events to Irish audiences on a delayed free-to-air basis.

“Our relationship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship has blossomed after working together at ‘UFC Fight Night in Dublin’ earlier this summer.

“That event, broadcast on 3e, reached a massive 600,000 viewers proving how quickly Mixed Martial Arts has grown in Ireland.  Conor McGregor has quickly become one of the biggest names in Irish sport and we are thrilled to be able to show his next fight to the free-to-air viewers in Ireland.”

Garry Cook, UFC Chief Global Brand Officer, said: “We are thrilled to have agreed a partnership with 3e following a very successful event in Dublin this year. The partnership not only signifies the growth of UFC within EMEA but confirms the impact the UFC has made and potential for the sport of MMA within Ireland.”

3e is available on 5 on Saorview, Sky 105 and UPC 106.

Cage Warriors 73 gets Jimmy Wallhead vs Juan Manuel Suarez

Juan Manuel Suarez and Jimmy Wallhead are set to contest a welterweight bout at Cage Warriors 73.

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

 Jimmy Wallhead - Dolly Clew for CWFC
Both men will face off for Cage Warriors's return to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on November 1. Both men are looking to rebound off their respective losses to Danny Roberts in their most recent CWFC outings.

Wallhead (25-9), a joint-holder of the record for the most number of CWFC appearances (16) along with Jack Mason, returned to Cage Warriors this past March when he signed an exclusive five-fight deal.

His loss to Roberts, which came in the main event at CWFC 68 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena was his first inside the distance in 21 bouts since 2006.

But the 30-year-old native of Loughborough, who is also a three-fight veteran of top US promotion Bellator, is still ranked as one of the UK’s top five welterweights.

A judo black belt and veteran of 25 professional victories, eighteen 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.

“I’m really excited about getting back in the cage,” said Wallhead. “Suarez is a tough opponent but I’ll be aiming to put on a solid performance and showcase my improving skills.”

Suarez (15-6) made his Cage Warriors debut this past February at CWFC 64 in London, where he finished on the wrong side of a decision after a thrilling tussle with Danny Roberts.

However, the Spaniard has since picked up two wins on the European regional circuit - including a first-round submission of Cage Warriors veteran Vincent del Guerra - which saw him earn an exclusive five-fight CWFC contract.

Suarez said: “I’m really happy with this opportunity. On November 1 in Newcastle, I’ll be looking to show everyone why I’m going to be the next CWFC welterweight world champion.

Cage Warriors 73 (more bouts to be announced)

Stevie Ray vs. Curt Warburton
Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
Leeroy Barnes vs. Chris Scott

Karo Parisyan set to face Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 127

An injury to Marius Zaromskis gives Fernando Gonzalez opportunity

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Originally scheduled to face Marius Zaromskis at Welterweight, Karo Parisyan will now face Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 127, who is coming off one of the biggest victories of his career with a win over Karl Amoussou at Bellator 122.

Bellator 127 now has its finalised card for its return to Southern California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino on October 3rd as Daniel Straus will battle Justin Wilcox in the main event live on Spike TV. The night will also feature a former Bellator heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu’s debut at middleweight against Hawaiian native Kendal Grove and a full preliminary card of California’s top talent.

The full fight card for Bellator 127 can be found below:

MAIN CARD:
Featherweight  Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Fernando Gonzalez (21-12) vs. Karo Parisyan (24-10-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rafael Silva (21-4) vs. Rob Emerson (16-10-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Christian M'Pumbu (18-6-1) vs. Kendall Grove (19-14-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) vs. Malik Merad (19-11)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Justin Baesman (14-5) vs. Johnny Mercurio (6-6)
Catchweight Feature Fight (177lbs): Johnny Cisneros (8-3) vs. Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Sergio Rios (8-0) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (6-7) vs. Ray Sloan (7-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (15-13) vs. Joe Pacheco (7-2)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch (2-1) vs. David Duran (2-2)

King Mo and Tom DeBlass set to clash at Bellator 131

King Mo gets original opponent at Bellator 131

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


King Mo has been added to the highly promoted Bellator 131 event, as he takes on orginally scheduled opponent Tom DeBlass at Light-Heavyweight on November 15th from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

The night will also feature one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport as MMA icons clash when Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz returns to the Bellator cage to face “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair, while Will Brooks and Michael Chandler will battle for the vacant Bellator Lightweight Title.

Originally scheduled to meet in September, DeBlass withdrew from the fight against Mo after suffering an injury that forced the New Jersey native out of the fight. Mo went on to fight Dustin Jacoby at Bellator 123, and earned an impressive knockout victory over Jacoby. Now finally scheduled to clash, both Mo and DeBlass are ready to finally settle the score.

“Tom has been talking since we were supposed to fight in September. He’s a good fighter, but my jab is going to erase his teeth and swell up his eyes. My right is going to make him see stars and bright lights. Another fight, another win.”

“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Let Mo do his talking. His mouth is his best weapon.”

With the addition, Bellator 131 now features:

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)

Latest UFC signing Taylor Lapilus replaces Robert Whiteford against Dennis Siver in Stockholm

UFC announced the signing of Frenchman Taylor Lapilus to replace Robert Whiteford in Stockholm

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit UFC
The UFC have announced the signing of 8-1 Frenchman Taylor Lapilus, and is expected to make his debut next week at Fight Night Stockholm on October 4th, replacing Robert Whiteford against Denis Siver in a Featherweight bout.

“I know that I have a big team behind me at the gym and my brother supporting me, and I’ve worked hard every day to become a great fighter. I know I’m one of the great fighters in France, and now I’m going to be the only guy living and training in France who is reaching the UFC, and I will do everything to stay here.”

Despite only being 22 years old with three years of MMA training, he has learned the game relatively quick, earning six submission wins, and currently riding a three-fight win streak.

“Of course I know Dennis Siver because he’s a well-known name in MMA,” he said. “He’s a really strong man, and he’s a great fighter with his punches and kicks. I have a lot of respect for him and it’s a big honour to fight someone like him. I’m going be ready for the challenge.”

Shinobi War 3 review

by Tom Young @ThomBomb17


For the third week in a row I was attending a UKMMA event after previously heading down to Shock N Awe in Portsmouth and Cage Warriors 72 in Newport. This past weekend it was time for Shinobi War 3 in Deeside. The way Shinobi turned their venue into a night of quality amateur MMA amazed me. The set-up is wonderful. Colourful lighting assisted with a fog machine, you wouldn’t have known you were in a Leisure centre.

Main event: Shinobi MMA Fighting Championships Lightweight Title Fight
Thor Palsson vs Anthony O’Connor
The Main event featured Thor Palsson and Anthony O’Connor for the Shinobi Lightweight Title Fight. The fight began with a fast back and forth pace but both men made it to the second round where Palsson locked in a guillotine choke to secure the Lightweight title.

Thor Palsson def. Anthony O’Connor via Submission (Guillotine)

John Shink vs Dominic Wooding
The Co-Main event consisted of two very hot prospects as John Shink took on Dominic Wooding for the Shinobi Flyweight Title. Wooding rocked Shink in the first round but Shink held on and regained his composure. As the fight went on, Shink looked more in control and Wooding seemed a beaten man. This fight will be a great step for both men in their development as fighters and a lot can be taken from this fight.

John Shink def. Dominic Wooding via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Earlier in the night, the prelims resulted in all the fights finishing in the first round. A quick start to say the least and the fans got what they wanted. After a short break, the show moved onto the undercard which involved a mixture of slick submissions, a brutal finish from Connor Robinson and two non-stop fights between Faisal Malik Vs Otis London and Birgir Tomasson Vs Bobby Pallett.

Official Results

Main Card
Thor Palsson def. Anthony O’Connor via submission (Guillotine. Round 2) For the Lightweight Title
John Shink def. Dominic Wooding via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) For the Flyweight Title
James Duckett def. Tomaz Wojtyna via Unanimous Decision in a Welterweight Title Eliminator
Gav Hughes def. Aaron McDonnell via Submission (Guillotine) 2:46 Round 1
Amadeusz Arczewski def. Diego Valencia via Unanimous Decision

Undercard
Birgir Tomasson def. Bobby Pallett via KO Round 3
Adam Wilson def. Pepe Malone via Submission (Triangle Choke) 1:44 Round 1
Connor Robinson def. Wayne Hughes via KO Round 1
Josh Roberts def. Tom White via Submission (RNC) 1:17 Round 1
Dan Tasker def. Nathan Edwards via Submission (RNC) 1:03 Round 1
Faisal Malik def. Otis London via Unanimous Decision

Prelims
Nathan Rigby def. Richard Lowe via Submission (Ground and Pound) 1:16 Round 1
Jordan Barton def. Daz Lucas via TKO 0:35 Round 1
Dave Barnes def. James Darkes via Submission (RNC) 1:34 Round 1
Colin Rigby def. Sam Barker via TKO 0:27 Round 1
Chris Pieroni def. Reece Phillips via Submission (Armbar) 1:53 Round 1

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Tom Breese Returns After Long Layoff to Face Philip Mulpeter at Cage Warriors 74

Tom Breese Returns After Long Layoff to Face Philip Mulpeter at Cage Warriors 74

Tom Breese will make his highly-anticipated Cage Warriors Fighting Championship debut when he faces the sizeable task of taking on Philip Mulpeter on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The pair will clash on the main card at Cage Warriors 74, which will take place at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London, England.

Having taken the UK’s domestic circuit by storm, Breese (6-0) signed an exclusive CWFC deal in April 2013, but his promotional debut was put on hold due to a long-term knee injury.

However, having undergone surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, the 22-year-old Englishman is finally ready to get his first taste of Cage Warriors action.

Breese, who has taken all six of his professional wins via stoppage - five by way of submission - is currently preparing for his CWFC debut at the renowned Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada.

He said: “Philip Mulpeter is a solid opponent from a good team and he has improved a lot recently, but I’m looking to make a statement in my first Cage Warriors fight and show a much-improved Tom Breese.

“I’m currently in training camp with my team at Tristar Gym, and I’ll be prepared to put on a big performance come fight night.”

Mulpeter (7-4), an SBG Ireland team-mate of former CWFC champions Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Chris Fields, has carved out a reputation as one of the most durable fighters in the CWFC welterweight division since signing for the promotion in 2012.

A 25-year-old Irishman, Mulpeter’s progress has been somewhat hampered by a number of opponent withdrawals in the last twelve months, most recently when his bout against Jake Bostwick at CWFC 70 last month fell through due to Bostwick’s failure to make weight.

Having looked impressive in his two CWFC wins to date, which saw him defeat Warren Kee and Aldric Cassata via TKO, Mulpeter will be aiming to claim his biggest scalp yet on November 15.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there and putting another ‘W’ on my record,” Mulpeter said. “After my last fight didn’t go ahead, I’m really excited about this one.”

Cage Warriors 74 will be headlined by the CWFC welterweight world title meeting of defending champion Nicolas Dalby and challenger Mohsen Bahari, with many more exciting fights still to be revealed.

Anthony Rumble Johnson Suspended from the UFC indefinately

Anthony Rumble Johnson Suspended from the UFC indefinitely

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts
 

In a crazy evening at the UFC offices which has seen Thiago Silva released from the promotion again, The UFC have announced they have also indefinitely suspended fellow Blackzillian Light-Heavyweight Anthony Rumble Johnson.

The suspension comes following allegations for the mother of Johnson's children that he physically assaulted her in 2012, knocking out 2 of her teeth. Brent Brookhouse of BloodyElbow.com was the first to reported the depth of the allegations, with the UFC since releasing the following statement:
"We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary."
Winner of 8 straight fights including victories over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueria since re-joining the UFC earlier this year, Anthony Johnson was expect to fight top contender Alexander Gustaffson in his next outing in a bout that would have been considered a title eliminator match. Johnson has yet to elaborate on this issue but did release the following statment on Facebook:
The shit ppl will say and the lengths ppl will go just to tell a Fucking lie is ridiculous.
That's all I'm going to say and thank you all for the support and positive feedback that I'm getting.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Thiago Silva Released for the UFC Again

Thiago Silva Released for the UFC Again

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

 
Just 2 weeks after having his UFC contract reinstated, the promotion have once again released Thiago Silva.

Silva was originally released from the promotion in February after being arrested following a showdown at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida. Silva was said to have threatened his then wife and Popovich with a gun after accusing the two of having an affair. Silva was given his old job back with the UFC after charges against the fighter wear dropped when his wife was deemed "uncooperative" after fleeing the USA.

Silva is now once again out of a job after his ex-wife, Thaysa Kamiji, posted a series of videos on YouTube, purportedly showing the Silva threatening Kamiji with a gun, whilst being under the influence of an illegal substance. The UFC released the following statement regarding the release:
Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.
Silva leaves the promotion with a 7-3 record with 2 no contests - both both due to failed drug tests, and a 16-3, 2 NC record overall. 

UFC Fight Night 52 Betting Guide

UFC Fight Night 52 Betting Guide

by Will Martin - @BIGBILBAR7MMA


So the UFC returns to the land of the rising sun for UFC Fight Night 52 with an event headlined by two of the hardest hitting and popular Heavyweights there are in Mark "the Super Samoan" Hunt and Roy "Big Country" Nelson. Personally I love the card, there's so many interesting match ups but betting wise it's not the best. Here are three bets that I love for Saturday's card.

Bet 1

Miesha Tate 1/3
Kiichi Kunimoto 4/9
Alex Caceres  4/9
Sam Sicilia  5/4
Michinori Tanaka 8/15

So here is my Parlay for this weekend, a really nice looking bet with only 1 underdog and 4 pretty definitive favourites. So lets start with the underdog, Sam Sicilia. He faces off against the always awkward Katsunori Kikuno. The reason I really like this match up and Sicilia is because he is an extremely aggressive fighter with big power in his hands and Kikuno although landing some good shots on previous opponent Tony Ferguson ended up running away from him after he felt his power and I can see the same here. However, Sicilia needs to watch out for Kikuno's hands and his aggressive takedown attempts if he does this a win should be on the cards for the former TUF veteran.

Caceres and Kunimoto are great additions to the parlay as both have very favourable match ups and should come out with the W. Tanaka is a guy I have watched on the Japanese MMA scene for the past few years and he is going to go a long way in the sport. He has a tough match up with fellow grappler Kyung Ho Kang but I think he has the better top game and ground game and I can see Tanaka finishing this fight via Submission.

Last choice in this bet is the former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate who faces off against the undefeated yet virtually unknown Rin Nakai this should be easy for Tate but in her last performance against Liz Carmouche she looked sluggish and jaded and was very lucky to get the decision but I'm going to stick with Miesha here. The usual £5 stake returns just under £50 which is a nice little return, all the best if you take this bet forward.

Bet 2

Johnny Case 5/4
Maximo Blanco 4/7
Roy Nelson 11/10

Treble time now and I have chosen a couple of underdogs with an unpredictable favourite. First up is UFC newcomer Johnny Case, a 18-4 record in the regional circuits got him his call to the big leagues. Case is a strong all around striker with heavy hands which makes him a very dangerous guy on the feet but Case also has a decent wrestling background and he will need it here as his opponent Kazuki Tokudome will most certainly look to get the fight to the ground. In the end i think Case will have more than enough to get the decision victory.

Up next, Maximo Blanco who may come from Venezuela but has trained for many years out of the Yoshida Dojo. Blanco is extremely unpredictable on the feet and on a occasions in the past has had trouble keeping within this side of the rules but he is always exciting to watch. Blanco faces off against the New Zealander Daniel Hooker who is coming off a great stoppage in his homeland back in June. Hooker, who has pretty terrible takedown defence will most likely be taken down by Maximo but down there he has vicious elbows and strikes due to his long limbs and he cannot be underestimated but i like Blanco by decision here.

Last but no means least is one half of the fabulous main event we have in store. Now I'm not going go into this match because we all no what the game plans will be, but this is as close a 50/50 as you have today in the UFC . I personally like Roy Nelson, but there is no real clear favourite in this match up. I can see Roy eventually trying to take this fight to the ground as he has the clear advantage here but Hunt's recent improvement in his takedown defence may stop that. Either way we are in for a treat with this match up and a £5 stake gets you a return of £40, so its a pretty nice treble...Good Luck!

Bet 3

This is my underdog pick of this card and could actually have been any one of three i liked but i have decided i am going to go with returning TUF 7 champion Amir Sadollah who also faces a guy coming off a long return in Japanese showmen Yoshiro Akiyama. This is a particularly even match up, but i just think Sadollah will want it more and with a better wrestling game i could see him taking this to the ground and staying heavy and taking the decision victory. At 6/4 thats not bad odds.

So, that's my advice providing you with some of the bets i like this week. Also, before the event starts always check the method of victory as you can get some great prices in there if you do any of these bets. Good luck and come join me next time as i try to win you some money at my pick for card of the year next week, UFC 178!

Nicolas Dalby vs Mohsen Bahari and Tom Breese vs Philip Mulpeter official for Cage Warriors 74 on November 15

Cage Warriors will make their debut at the London Copper Box Arena

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit Cage Warriors
Reigning champion Nicolas Dalby will defend his CWFC welterweight world title against Mohsen Bahari in the main event at Cage Warriors 74.

CWFC 74, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014, will take place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in London, England.
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Nicolas Dalby (12-0) was due to  defend his title vs Gael Grimaud at CWFC 72 who was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

The title shot was then set to pass to the new number one contender, Danny Roberts, but the 27-year-old Englishman is currently sidelined with an injury and unable to compete as soon as November 15.

Dalby said: “Bahari is an exciting fighter who leaves it all in the cage, so I think he’ll make for a really tough opponent. He seems like a cool guy but it’s going to be action-packed when we lock horns at the Copper Box on November 15.

Mohsen Bahari (8-1), has scored two of his most significant wins of his career earlier this year, overcoming BJJ black belt Bruno Carvalho and three-time UFC veteran Benny Alloway.

Meanwhile, Tom Breese is set to make his return to CWFC against the sizeable task of Philip Mulpeter.

Tristar Gym's Breese (6-0) signed an exclusive CWFC deal in April 2013, and will now make his debut having undergone surgery and an extensive period of rehabilitation, long-term knee injury.

He said: “Philip Mulpeter is a solid opponent from a good team and he has improved a lot recently, but I’m looking to make a statement in my first Cage Warriors fight and show a much-improved Tom Breese.

Mulpeter (7-4), fighting out of SBG Ireland, has carved out a reputation as one of the most durable fighters in the welterweight division since signing for the promotion in 2012.

Having looked impressive in his two CWFC wins to date, which saw him defeat Warren Kee and Aldric Cassata via TKO, Mulpeter will be aiming to claim his biggest scalp yet on November 15.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in there and putting another ‘W’ on my record,” Mulpeter said.

Cage Warriors 74 (more bouts to be announced)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari
Pannie Kianzad vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz
Tom Breese vs. Philip Mulpeter
John Maguire vs. Brad Wheeler

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Video: Contender Promotions announce main card for November 8 event

Daniel Sam battles Tarik Khbabez in the main event of the evening

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Contender Promotions are set for a huge event on November 8th at the Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough.

The main event is to crown Contender Promotions' first Super-Heavyweight champion, as Enfusion Heavyweight champion Daniel "The Warrior" Sam, takes on the winner of Contender Promotion's Ducth Fight Star Hunt, Tarik Khbabez, who will also be competing in Superkombat's Heavyweight grand prix on September 27th.

In the co-main event of the evening, England's Thomas Daniels faces off with another Fight Star Hunt winner, Holland's Luciano Winter.

Also for the first time in the promotion's history, a 4-man 70kg World Grand Prix tournament fought under Contender Promotions Pro K-1 rules. Ian Robinson (England),  Adam Brindley (England), Augin Masoud (Holland), and Reinaldo Santos (Angola).

The event is expected to be the best Garry Bell and his team have put on to date, and is unmissable for all kickboxing fans in the UK.

UPDATE: You can watch the promo for the event below.


Tickets are charged at £25 each and VIP tables available at £500 seating 10 people close to the action with waitress service. Purchase at Contenderpromotions.co.uk

Contender Promotions announce main card for November 8 event

Daniel Sam battles Tarik Khbabez in the main event of the evening

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Contender Promotions are set for a huge event on November 8th at the Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough.

The main event is to crown Contender Promotions' first Super-Heavyweight champion, as Enfusion Heavyweight champion Daniel "The Warrior" Sam, takes on the winner of Contender Promotion's Ducth Fight Star Hunt, Tarik Khbabez, who will also be competing in Superkombat's Heavyweight grand prix on September 27th.

In the co-main event of the evening, England's Thomas Daniels faces off with another Fight Star Hunt winner, Holland's Luciano Winter.

Also for the first time in the promotion's history, a 4-man 70kg World Grand Prix tournament fought under Contender Promotions Pro K-1 rules. Ian Robinson (England),  Adam Brindley (England), Augin Masoud (Holland), and Reinaldo Santos (Angola).

The event is expected to be the best Garry Bell and his team have put on to date, and is unmissable for all kickboxing fans in the UK.

Tickets are charged at £25 each and VIP tables available at £500 seating 10 people close to the action with waitress service. Purchase at Contenderpromotions.co.uk

ONE FC announce four additional bouts for Roar of Tigers event on October 17

Four fights added to Roar of Tigers

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA



ONE FC are set to rock Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Putra once again on October 17 with ONE FC: ROAR OF TIGERS. Four additional bouts have been confirmed that will surely add excitement for all mixed martial arts fans in attendance.

Malaysian star Peter Davis returns to the ONE FC cage to take on Filipino Vaughn Donayre. Following her victory over Boxing world champion Ana Julaton, Ann Osman makes a quick turnaround to face the tough Aya Saeid Saber. Anatpong Bunrad and Marc Marcellinus look to wow the crowd in an intense Bantamweight battle. Bashir Ahmad also makes his return by locking horns with Thai opponent, Tanaphong Khunhankaew.

The event will be headlined by the return of “Ruthless” Rob Lisita, as he faces undefeated Russian Marat Gafurov in a featherweight battle which has been previously announced.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: ROAR OF TIGERS is going to rock Stadium Putra once again with a stacked card filled with the best fighters in the world looking to be victorious inside the ONE FC cage. Our main event already promises an unforgettable evening of world-class mixed martial arts action, but these additional four bouts will bring unparalleled intensity and excitement!”

Peter Davis is a Wuji Chuan exponent and the face of mixed martial arts in Malaysia. Along with being the top lightweight in Malaysia, he is also a prominent celebrity with a long list of modeling and acting roles on his resume. Davis consistently finishes his opponents in impressive fashion and will be looking to use his tall and lanky frame accompanied by a significant reach advantage to propel him to victory against Donayre.

Vaughn Donayre is a Filipino mixed martial artist based in Dubai. The Cebu-native quit his mechanical engineering job to become a fighter. He has won seven of his last nine bouts and is highly regarded as an exciting mixed martial artist constantly in pursuit of the finish.

Ann Osman impressed in her conquest of Boxing world champion Ana Julaton, and is looking for a repeat performance. Osman is the first female Malaysian mixed martial artist to compete in a major mixed martial arts organization. She possesses wrestling skills and powerful ground and pound, making her a tough matchup for any opponent.

Egyptian MMA standout Aya Saeid Saber made her ONE FC debut a few months ago and surprised the crowd with her grit and tenacity. She showcased impressive stand-up and a robust ground game in her last fight, and will give Ann Osman all that she can handle.

Anatpong Bunrad is a dangerous Thai Bantamweight who currently trains in Belgium. He is a winner of three of his first four bouts as a professional, including two TKO victories and a win by submission. He is set to take on young striker, Marc Marcellinus of Malaysia.

Marc Marcellinus makes his return to the ONE FC cage after an intense debut. Marcellinus is a solid fighter with good all-around skills. He has a knack for striking and will go shot for shot with Bunrad in this upcoming bout.

Tanaphong Khunhankaew is a Thai Featherweight with loads of potential and the experience of eight fights under his belt. His natural propensity to strike will prove useful in a bout against one of the toughest fighters he will ever face in Bashir Ahmad.

Bashir Ahmad is widely known as the ‘Father of Pakistani MMA’. He is extremely quick and relentless with his striking and will look to overwhelm opponents from the beginning of the match. He is 1-1 inside the ONE FC cage and aims to score another impressive victory when he takes on Tanaphong Khunhankaew.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Five Fights to Make after Cage Warriors 72

Five Fights to Make after Cage Warriors 72

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Cage Warriors 72 is in the history books. It will forever be remembered as the night where a new champion was crowned, a number one contender was born out of one of the biggest middleweight bouts in UK MMA history, and a controversial up-kick ended what was shaping up to be a good fight prematurely. With a number of incredible finishes and hard fought wars, here are five fights for the matchmakers to ponder from Cage Warriors 72.

Toni Tauru vs Brett Johns
It remains to be seen if Brett Johns even wants this fight, with Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan saying in the post fight scrum that Johns was actually offer a bantamweight title fight at Cage Warriors 72 but never returned the contracts. Johns is without doubt the obvious choice if he's ready to fight though.

A former Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion, Johns was stripped of his title in April after missing weight in a dominate victory over James Brum. A black belt in Judo, Johns has the grappling pedigree to stifle the suffocating style of Tauru. Johns represents an interesting challenge to newly crowned Tauru, and with Johns never actually losing the belt, the champion from Finland may feel he needs to beat Johns before he can truly consider himself the undisputed champion.

Jack Hermannson vs Jack Marshman
After beating Che Mills by 2nd round TKO in a bout that was billed as a middleweight title eliminator, Jack Marshman has staked his claim as the number one contender in the division and should he next to face champion, Jack Hermannson.

Having started his Cage Warriors career with a loss, Marshman is currently enjoying some of the best form of his career finishing Bola Omoyele, and Che Mills back-to-back and is now looking at a potential shot at the middleweight title. Questions remain though if Mashman is able to come in under the 185lb limit having come in heavy for this fight (188.3lb) and in previous fights has always made use of the 1lb allowance which fighters can use in none title fights.

Mateusz Gamrot vs Paul Redmond
While it's as yet unknown if Polish prospect Mateusz Gamrot will fight again under the Cage Warriors banner having previously fought under the KSW banner in his home country, Gamrot can't be far off a title shot if he does return following an emphatic victory over Tim Newman at Cage Warriors 72.

Another fighter who has painted himself in the title picture is Irish prospect Paul Redmond who has racked up an impressive 7-1 record since joining Cage Warriors. Of those 7 victories Redmond has 6 victories inside the distance, including 3 toe-holds making the young Irishman one of the most deadly fighters on the European scene.

With current Cage Warriors lightweight champion Stevie Ray set to lock horns with Curt Warburton in November, Gamrot vs Redmond would make an excellent number one contender bout between two of Europe's finest prospects.

Phil Mulpeter vs Lewis Long
After a come from behind victory over Steve Dinsdale at Cage Warriors 72, Lewis Long proves ones again he is one of the most exciting fighters to watch on the European scene. Having moved up from lightweight, Long bounced back to winning ways and now looks like he has found a home for himself at Welterweight.

Another former lightweight who is also looking to find a new home for himself at Welterweight is Irish prospect Phil Mulpeter, who is currently without a fight having seen previous opponent Jake Bostwick come in massively overweight for the proposed Cage Warriors 70 bout in August causing the bout to be scrapped.

Mulpeter and Long were previously set to fight at Cage Warriors 65 but an injury forced Long to withdraw. With both men sharing a similar position in the UK rankings, now is as good a time as any time to re-book that match up

Mario Saeed vs Azi Thomas
After a questionable up-kick ended what was shaping up to be a good fight prematurely, the rematch should be the next fight for both men.

For those who haven't seen the up-kick that ended the fight yet (watch it here) it wasn't questionable in the fact that it wasn't illegal, it's questionable if it hurt Saeed as badly as he made out. With fans debating / raging into the early hours on Saturday morning arguing if Saeed was that hurt how was he able to talk to the ref, and why did he randomly flop? Here is my take. While admittedly it looked a little dodgy the way Saeed takes the kick, tells the ref and the almost randomly falls back knocked out, it is entirely feasible he felt the effect slightly after.

In his post fight interview with Josh Palmer, Saeed said he was unhappy with the win and wants to rematch Thomas, for me this needs to happen to end all doubt regarding the incident in the first fight.   

Five fights to make after BAMMA 16

For the winners at BAMMA 16 there are some big fights in the pipeline

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit Richard Blackburn | BAMMA
A tremendous Paul Daley finish sent the capacity Manchester, Victoria Warehouse crowd into frenzy to cap off a fantastic night from BAMMA. With a number of incredible finishes and hard fought wars, here are five fights for the matchmakers to ponder before BAMMA 17 on December 6th.

Leon Edwards vs Eddy Ellis

After a shaky start against Shaun Taylor, British Champion Leon Edwards came into his own during the second, and finished his opponent in the final round. A thunderous left, right combination saw the fight stopped after two rounds of inevitable punishment from the UTC Birmingham fighter.

In our post-fight interview with Leon Edwards, he told us: "I want to advance in my career, and to advance you have to aim higher, which is the world title."

The current BAMMA World Welterweight champion, Eddy Ellis, has been inactive since November 2013, after a brutal fight with Jimmy Wallhead which the American took by split decision. He's been recovering from a broken jaw, but looks to return at the start of 2015.

British champion vs world champion? It's got all the makings of an excellent fight.

Tom Duquesnoy vs Ashleigh Grimshaw

Speaking to a lot of different people at the arena: fans, staff, media, most of them had their eyes on the Featherweight title bout as a potential fight of the night.

In the most accidental and agonising moment of the evening, just over 10 seconds into the fight, Tom Duquesnoy went for an inside leg kick to Grimshaw, however as the Englishman tried to get out the way, Tom's kick inadvertently hit him in the nether-region.

As Grimshaw grimaced and fell to the mat, the whole arena became eerily silent. He was unable to compose himself after five minutes and thus the fight was declared a no contest.

The fans were ready, both fighters were ready, and it looked like Duquesnoy would have his toughest test under the BAMMA banner. This fight must take place before the end of the year, and it will no doubt still be a war.

Colin Fletcher vs Marc Diakiese

Ludus Magnus' Marc Diakiese showed he is one of the UK's top Lightweight prospects after his dominating unanimous decision performance of Jefferson George on Saturday. George, who is known for a dynamic stand-up style as well as a solid BJJ ground game was both out-struck and out-wrestled.

In our post-fight interview with Diakiese, in response to a question about his next opponent, he simply responded with "Freakshow."

It has been announced by BAMMA than Colin Fletcher will headline BAMMA 17 in Manchester, however his opponent has yet to be announced. A fight against Diakiese can be seen as a title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot against Barnaoui should he defend his belt against Michael Brightmon on the same card.

Shay Walsh vs Zi Shah

Despite having to fight after the main event, due to opponent Paul Reed showing up two hours late to hand-wraps, Shay Walsh managed to grind down Reed to take a unanimous decision win and go 2-0 in the promotion.

Zi Shah (6-1) signed a four fight deal with BAMMA earlier this summer, and despite losing to Andy Craven in his promotional debut, has a bright future. All of his wins have come by finish, three by knockout, with an equal amount by submission.

With Andy Craven vs Greg Severs pushed back to BAMMA 17, it would likely set up a future British title or #1 world title contender bout between the winners of both fights.

Shay Walsh's post-fight interview.

Michael Wootten vs Ed Arthur

To the surprise of many, Antoine Gallinaro gave Wootten a tough test in the first round, giving the Liverpool MMA Academy fighter a cut that required three stitches over his left eye.

In the second, Wootten came out much stronger and man handled his opponent with good wrestling and finished Gallinaro with a rear naked choke with just a few seconds left before the claxon.

With the Bantamweight belt vacant, there is a chance for a huge fight between the undefeated Wootten and Ed Arthur (4-0). The Hemel based fighter has finished all of his wins, and holds wins over: Michael Cutting, Nathaniel Wood and Ben Rees in the BAMMA cage.

In our post-fight interview with Wootten, when asked about a potential title fight with Arthur he said: "I'm easy."

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