Rumor Alert: Bellator MMA to schedule Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione in early 2017

Bellator may finally play host to the legendary Russian Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

FloCombat.com reported earlier Saturday morning that a clash between former UFC and TUF veteran Matt Mitrion and Emelianenko was process of being finalized for a Bealltor event early next year. No confirmation has yet to recieved by Bellator officials as of press time.

Emelianenko (36-4) most recently competed against Brazilian striker Fabio Maldonado at an EFN event in Russia earlier this Summer that went the distance. While the decision was wildly contraversial, Fedor garnered the majority decision victory. Fedor also competed at Rizen FF’s second event last year in December against Singh Jaideep. Prior to that match-up, Fedor hadn’t competed in three years. Fedor has competed in multiple MMA organizations such as Strikeforce, Affliction, Rizin and Pride.

Mitrione (11-5, 2-0 in Bellator) has competed in two bouts under the Bellator banner since leaving the UFC and has won both bouts by knockout. Both wins came against Carl Seumanutafa and Oli Thompson. Mitrione has won 10 of his 11 victories by way of knockout or (T)KO.

One More Dance Left For The California Kid

After all these years Urijah Faber is calling it a career. It was announced earlier today that Uriah Faber will retire after his fight with Brad Pickett. This fight will take place on December 17th. The event will be UFC on Fox 22. Urijah lost his previous two fights. A 5 round fight with Bamtamweight champion Dominic Cruz and then to Jimmie Rivera back in September.

Urijah Faber is truly a pioneer of the sport. In one of his interviews he was talking about how his first MMA fight didn’t even have a real doctor, it was a veterinarian. Can’t make that stuff up, that really tells you how far back this guys career goes. Faber is a former WEC Featherweight champion. He held the title for 2 years before losing to Mike Brown.

Urijah Faber had his first pro MMA fight back in 2003. He’s been in the game for 13 years, everyone knows how short careers are in MMA. Gotta respect what he’s accomplished and done over the years. He’s had fights with notable guys like Dominic Cruz, Jose Aldo, Renan Barao. Urijah is still the only guy to get a win over current champion, Dominic Cruz.

Urijah coached season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, against team Conor McGregor. While he may be walking away from fighting, it’ll always be in his blood. He’s the founder of team Alpha Male. He helped build that brand and campaigned for TJ Dillashaw to get his first shot at a championship. Urijah will surely be missed, but his wisdom will still be passed on to many MMA fighters in the years to come.

It’s Time To Respect Michael Bisping

Dan Henderson VS Michael Bisping was one for the history books. I seem to say this every article, but it was a 5 round war and potential fight of the year. Leading up to this fight we all knew Dan Henderson was planning his retirement. Hoping to win UFC gold before he calls it a career. Michael Bisping was looking to get revenge on Hendo, who beat Bisping back at UFC 100 by knock out. One of the nastiest knock outs you will ever see. The rematch between Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping did not disappoint, unless you were a Henderson fan.

Michael Bisping came away with a unanimous decision, defending his title in front of his hometown fans. Both fighters really had their moments. Micheal Bisping out struck Henderson. Henderson didn’t land as many, but when he did, he made them count. Almost finishing Micheal in the first round. When Bisping got back to his feet after getting dropped with an H-bomb, it was clear right away that he was cut, and that he had massive swelling on his eye. It’s a miracle that he survived that first round. A true testament to how durable Bisping is and how much Heart he has.

The second round went the same way. Michael was winning for several minutes of the round and bam, nailed with an H bomb. Bisping got dropped , but this time he was able to recover better, limited Dan from reigning down ground and pound. Then comes the third round, Dan no longer has the same pep on his punches and went several minutes without much offense. Dan picked it back up again in the 5th round , scored a take down. When it was all said and done, Michael Bisping pulled off the unanimous decision.

When you take a look back at what Michael Bisping has accomplished, It’s pretty impressive.  He took a fight against Luke Rockhold on 2 weeks notice. A guy who had already beat him, finished him in fact. Michael was a huge underdog in that fight. Luke had just brutally destroyed Chris Wiedman, a guy who was undefeated and had several title defenses under his belt. Michael finally gets a title shot after all these years,  and it’s on two weeks notice. That’s so bitter sweet. Michael Bisping goes in there and knocks Luke out in the first round.

Before the Henderson fight and the Rockhold fight, Micheal Bisping took on Anderson Silva. Many have Anderson Silva as the greatest martial artist ever. His list of accomplishments would fill up this article. This was another 5 round war, Where Bisping at one point got dropped and hurt really bad. The bell rings, Bisping goes back to his corner and just shakes it off and goes on to beat Anderson Silva in a 5 round fight. People thought Anderson was a jedi or part of the Matrix, you seen what he did to Forrest Griffin. Bisping again, was a huge underdog.

Rewind even farther , Michael Bisping is an Ultimate fighter winner, taking season 3. Remember everyong getting all tore up because he wasn’t humble after the Matt Hamill fight? It really makes no sense why one fighter can say rude things and the people will love him for it, another fighter can say and do the same stuff, and the people will hate him for it. I guess I’ll never understand the logic behind that, but it’s time to respect Michael Bisping.

Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny set for UFC 207

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Tuesday a huge Welterweight bout between ranked contenders in Johny Hendricks and Neil Magny who are set to collide at UFC 207.

Hendricks (17-5, 13-5 in UFC) is having one of the more challenging years of his professional career having dropped two bouts in 2016 to both Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200, and against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC Fight Night 82. While the fight against Ultimate Fighter winner Gastelum was by decision, his loss to Thompson was highlighted by the fact that it was the first time Hendricks had ever been finished via TKO or submission in his career. Since losing the Welterweight championship to Robbie Lawler back at UFC 181, Hendricks has yet to put together a winning streak but will look to cut the tie out of the knot that is 2016 for “Bigg Rigg”.

Neil Magny (18-5, 11-4 in UFC) will also be looking to bounce back from one of the most devasting losses of his career. Magny last fought Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202. Though Magny was heavily favored (and ranked), Larkin would devastate the much longer and taller Magny with leg and body kicks that would stifle Magny en route to a TKO loss at the end of the first round. Prior to this loss Magny has gone 9-1 in his last 10 defeating the likes of Hyun Gyu Lim, Erick Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, and Hector Lombard.

UFC 207 takes place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 30th and will be headlined by a women’s Bantamweight championship bout which features the return of Ronda Rousey. Other fights on the card include:

  • Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
  • Tarec Saffiedine vs. Matt Brown
  • Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia
  • Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Brandon Thatch vs. Sabah Homas

Chael Sonnen V. Tito Ortiz To Headline Bellator 170

 

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Chael “The American Gangster”Sonnen will face off against Tito “The Huntington Bad Boy” Ortiz at Bellator 170 on January 21 at Great Wester Forum in Inglewood, California.

Sonnen (28-14-1), the 39 year-old former middleweight contender and wrestler was known for giving UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva on his toughest fights. Sonnen later moved up to light-heavyweight, after losing to to Silva twice. lost to former champions such Jon Jones and Rashad Evans by TKO, but defeated another former champion Mauricio Rua by RNC. Sonnen retired from fighting back in 2014 after drug tests tested for multiple banned substances. Sonnen recently came out of retirement this year to fight in Bellator.

The 41-year old  UFC Hall Of Famer Ortiz (18-12-1) was the UFC Lightweight Champion with an impressive five win defense streak, a record which was later broken by Jones. Ortiz won the title via an elimator match against Wanderlei Silva and later lost it to fellow Hall Of Famer Randy Couture. After splitting from the UFC, Ortiz moved to Bellator in early 2014 where he compiled a record of 2-1, with wins over Alexander Schlemenko and Stephan Bonnar.

Source: [http://www.mmamania.com/2016/10/18/13326648/chael-sonnen-vs-tito-ortiz-booked-bellator-170-jan-21-california-mma].

UFC On Fox 22 Matches Urijah Faber Against Brad Pickett

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The Sacramento Bee has reported that Urijah “The California Kid”will face against Brad “One-Punch”Pickett for a bantamweight match at UFC On Fox 22. The fight will be in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, CA on Dec 17. Sacramento is also the location of “Alpha Male,” an MMA gym managed by Faber.

Faber (33-10), the 37 year old WEC Bantamweight Champion is well known for his grudge match against current UFC Bantamweight Dominick Cruz. Faber defeated Cruz by decision in their bout for the WEC title, which Cruz avenged later also by decision. Faber recently challenged Cruz for the UFC title, but ended losing by decision again. Faber would suffer another loss in his last fight against Jimmie Rivera.  So Faber should be desperate for a win to break the losing streak.

Pickett (25-12), is another older fighter at 38 and a former bantamweight contender  like Faber. Pickett has gone 3-6 over his last nine fights and is known for his exciting and aggressive fighting style. Despite the nickname “One-Punch,” Pickett only has 7 wins by knockout in his 37 fight career.

Other fights featured on the card are:

  • Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Mickey Gall vs. Sage Northcutt
  • Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
  • Mike Perry vs. Alan Jouban
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Josh Emmett
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono

Source: (http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/10/18/13325850/ufc-on-fox-22-fight-card-urijah-faber-vs-brad-pickett).

Tim “Dirty Bird” Means vs. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira set for UFC 207

UFC’s final pay per view of the year has begun to form as UFC 207 has added Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira in a Welterweight bout.

“Cowboy” Oliveira (16-3-1, 5-2 in UFC) is coming off a controversial victory at UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson. Oliveira faced former Bellator Lightweight champion Will Brooks in a bout scheduled for 155 pounds. However Oliveira would miss the 155 pound limit by a near five pounds. Brooks would still accept the match-up with the Brazilian, albeit begrudgingly and not without making it known that Brooks had felt disrespected. Oliveira would win the bout with Brooks via (T)KO in the third round. Immediately following the win, Oliveira showed disrespect towards Brooks with some taunting that drew the ire of much of the MMA community. The win was “Cowboys” third finish in the UFC of his five inside the Octagon.

Means (26-7-1, 6-2 in UFC) was quick to call out Oliveira after the bout and will now get his wish. Means has won two straight since losing to Matt Brown last summer. Of the “Dirty Bird’s” 26 wins, 18 have come by way of knockout with four coming by way of submission giving him an 84% finishing rate.

UFC 207 will be headlined by the return of superstar and former UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey as she will challenge Amanda Nunes for the Bantamweight gold. The card takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada inside the T-Mobile Arena and will go down December 30th at the end of this year.

 

Chan Sung Jung announces eventual return to MMA, calls out B.J Penn

In the history of the UFC’s Featherweight division, very few could match the level of excitement this man incited when he entered the cage. After nearly three years away from the sport, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung is finally slated to make his emphatic return.

Announcing via Facebook, Jung not only teased fans with a hinted timetable for his return, he also made his desires known as to who he would like to face upon his return. None other than the former UFC Lightweight champion B.J Penn.

“For the past six months, there’s a fighter that I’ve been wanting to fight: B.J. Penn,” Jung said. “When the B.J. Penn vs. Lamas fight was announced, I thought I missed my chance. But, then I heard that B.J. Penn had a rib injury, so I kind of felt like maybe it was an opportunity for me. It would be great timing if B.J. Penn and I were ready to come back at the same time. Since he was at lightweight before, I never really thought about fighting him that much. But when he came down to featherweight, I would think that all of the fighters in the division would have liked to fight him. I’m one of them. Since I’m making my comeback, and B.J. is going to be coming back as well, I’d really like a chance to fight him.”

Jung (14-4, 3-1 in UFC) last competed at UFC 163 for the UFC Featherweight championship against then-champion Jose Aldo. Jung would dislocate his shoulder before Aldo would finish the bout via TKO. Prior to his title shot, Jung defeated Leonard Garcia via (the first ever) twister submission, Mark Hominick by knockout in seven seconds, and Dustin Poirier by darce choke submission 2012’s Fight of the Year.

In 2014, Jung said in an interview with MMA Fighting that he believed his military service would actually extend his MMA career, as it would allow him “some much-needed time to heal” and improve his abilities without focusing solely on training for a fight.

“I’m moving from my twenties to my thirties, from a youth to an old man,” Jung said on Tuesday. “I became a father. A lot of things have changed, so things seem very new to me. It feels like it’s a new beginning. I have to do my best and I think I’ll do well. I need to work even harder now. I don’t think there’s really any more to say than that. I just hope that the fans keep their eyes on me.

“It seemed like a really long time. A lot of fans have told me that, and it feels like it was a really long time to me, too. Now that I’m back in the UFC, I’ll try to put on even more exciting fights that the fans can get really excited about.”

 

WSOF to feature stacked tripleheader for New Years Eve show in Madison Square Garden

World Series of Fighting announced Monday a plethora of breaking news!

The first bit of bold news announced was that of the cancellation of WSOF 34 and 35. Both shows were scheduled to take place on November 12th and December 3rd.  However the promotion suggested that their promotional muscle would be best utilized pushing what will likely be the organizations biggest show at the end of the year on New Years Eve inside the worlds most famous arena: Madison Square Garden.

The second bit of news came shortly after as the WSOF announced that the New Years Eve card would feature not one, not two, but three championship matches. Bantamweight champion will defend his title against a yet to be named opponent, Jon Fitch will defend his Welterweight title against Jake Shields, and Lightweight phenom Justin Gaethje will look to defend his championship for a record fifth time.

Marlon Moraes (17-4-1, 10-0 in WSOF) has defended his title twice this year against both Joseph Barajas and in a rematch against Josh Hill. Moraes finished both fights by knockout and has defended his title a total of four times. The 28 year old Brazilian star has won 10 straight under the promotion and has finished six of those bouts. WSOF has slated his opponent to be announced within the next two weeks.

Former UFC veterans clash as Jon Fitch (28-7-1, 4-2 in WSOF) will defend his newly won Welterweight gold against Jake Shields (31-8-1, 2-1 in WSOF). This match was originally slated to headline the November 12th event and will now serve as the co-main event of arguably the biggest event in promotional history. Fitch last defeated Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision at WSOF 30 this past April. Shields was Fitch’s original opponent for that event but was pulled from the card due to a contract dispute.

Justin Gaethje (16-0, 9-0 in WSOF), who in all likelihood is the World Series of Fighting’s greatest star, will headline this historic card opposite the challenger Joao Zeferino (21-8, 3-2 in WSOF). Zeferino earned his coveted opportunity after knocking out Jason High at WSOF 33 in the third round. Of Gaethje’s nine wins in the organization, only one has ever gone the distance with the rest ending by way of knockout.

WSOF 34 takes place on December 31st and will go down in Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry set for UFC on Fox 22 in Sacramento

An explosive Welterweight bout has been set for the UFC’s next stop in Sacramento as Mike Perry makes a quick turnaround to face up-and-coming standout Alan Jouban.

Alan Jouban (14-4, 5-2 in UFC) last competed in a gritty bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 90: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez where he won via unanimous decision. Jouban will look to win his third fight this year after also defeating Brandon O’Reily earlier this March via TKO. Jouban has finished nine of his 14 wins via knockout.

Mike Perry (9-0, 2-0 in UFC) just weeks ago competed in a Fight of the Night candidate bout with Danny Roberts, where he would register a knockout victory with just 20 seconds left in the fight. All of Perry’s nine wins have been by way of knockout.

UFC on Fox 22 goes down in the Golden 1 center in Sacramento, California and will be headlined by a women’s Strawweight bout between Paige Van Zant and Michelle Waterson.

UFC On Fox 22 card currently:

  • Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Watterson
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall
  • Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry