Three title bouts headline UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden

UFC® BRINGS POWERFUL LINEUP FOR DEBUT IN NEW YORK CITY WITH THREE

WORLD TITLE BOUTS

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(C) EDDIE ALVAREZ vs. (C) CONOR McGREGOR
(C) TYRON WOODLEY vs. (#2) STEPHEN THOMPSON(C) JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK vs. (#2) KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ
TICKETS FOR UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30  

Las Vegas — For the first time in company history, the Octagon® lands in New York on Saturday, November 12. The historic Madison Square Garden will play host to the highly anticipated event and UFC® is bringing no shortage of star power to celebrate, as UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR plays host to three world titles bouts, featuring four current champions, including Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor, Tyron Woodley and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Philadelphia’s Alvarez (28-4, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) will make a short trip to the “Big Apple” for his first title defense against Irish phenom and featherweight champion McGregor (20-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland). Coming off a first round knockout of Rafael Dos Anjos, coupled with his championship caliber wrestling, Alvarez is the complete package. The 32-year-old finisher has 17 wins by knockout and five by submission and is looking to prove that he is the best fighter in the world with a win over one of the most popular and talented athletes in the sport while “The Notorious” one looks to become the first athlete in UFC history to hold belts simultaneously in two different weight classes. Already sitting atop the featherweight division and the No. 4 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, McGregor is no stranger to making history and he hopes to do so once again in New York City.

In the co-main event, the welterweight world title will be on the line as Woodley (16-3, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) clashes with No. 2 ranked Thompson (13-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C.). Woodley possesses one-punch knockout power and is coming off a first round finish of former champion Robbie Lawler. A two-time NCAA Div. 1 All-American wrestler, Woodley is one of the most well-rounded athletes in MMA. Thompson is riding a seven-fight winning streak that has seen him finish four of those bouts via knockout. “Wonderboy” is a world champion kickboxer with a perfect 57-0 record, including more than 40 knockouts. Not likely to go the distance, this bout is an early contender for Fight of the Night.

Polish pride will be overflowing when strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk (12-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) looks for her fourth consecutive title defense against fellow Poland native Kowalkiewicz (10-0, fighting out of Lodz, Poland). Both women sport perfect records and look to leave The Garden with that “0” intact. Jedrzejczyk is widely considered to be amongst the top strikers in MMA, using her crisp, quick punches to keep her opponents at bay. Currently the No. 8-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the champion may have finally found her match in the striking department. Kowalkiewicz is also a Muay Thai champion and she uses that skillset to pick apart her opponents. With three first round finishes, Kowalkiewicz has finishing power in both her hands and in her jiu-jitsu attack.

Additional bouts:

·       A welterweight showdown between surging contenders Kelvin Gastelum (13-2, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (31-7, 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)

·       Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-1, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) makes his hometown debut against Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero (11-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)

·       Top-ranked bantamweight Miesha Tate (18-6, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) returns to the Octagon against No. 8 Raquel Pennington (8-6, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.)

·       Former lightweight champion and current No. 2 ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar (19-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) collides with knockout artist, No. 7 Jeremy Stephens (25-12, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)

·       New York native and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (24-5-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) makes his middleweight debut against No. 13 Tim Kennedy (18-5, fighting out of Austin, Texas)

·       Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, No. 14 Rafael Natal (21-7-1, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) meets heavy-handed Tim Boetsch (19-10, fighting out of Sunbury, Penn.) in the 185-pound division

·       Fan favorite Jim Miller (27-8, 1 NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J) welcomes Muay Thai expert Thiago Alves (26-10, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) to the lightweight division

·       Lyman Good (19-3, 1 NC, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) gets a home match when he meets fellow welterweight striker Belal Muhammad (10-1, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.)

·       No. 9 bantamweight Liz Carmouche (9-5, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)  collides with hot prospect, No. 14 Katlyn Chookagian (8-0, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Tickets for UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR go on sale Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $800, $600, $450, $250 and $100 (prices do not include applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to four (4) per person. *Prices subject to change*

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, September 29 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com. 

UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, November 12 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition. 

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Sept 22

Guests: Chael Sonnen, Will Brooks, Curtis Blaydes,  Shannon Knapp, Nick Urso  and Manuel Martinez Petrie: “Chucky”

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Will Brooks  – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 96 OCTOBER 01, 2016 / MODA CENTER, PORTLAND, OR.

      Will Brooks 18 – 1 – 0 vs Alex Oliveira 14 – 4 – 1

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Shannon Knapp –  President Invicta FC

 2 Title Bouts –Fri  Sept 23  on UFC Fight Pass – Flyweight Title: Jennifer Maia (13-4-1) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (19-12)  Atomweight Title: Ayaka Hamasaki (13-1) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (5-1)

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Curtis Blaydes –  UFC Fight Night 96 OCTOBER 01, 2016 / MODA CENTER, PORTLAND, OR.    Curtis Blaydes 5 – 1 – 0 vs Cody East 12 – 2 – 0

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“Chucky” –  Manuel Martinez Petrie – DUELO DE DOMINACION – September 30, 2016 The Arizona Event Center Mesa, AZ


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 RFA 44 SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 / ST. CHARLES CONVENTION CENTER, ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI      Nick Urso 8 – 2 – 0 vs Ken Porter 9 – 2 – 0

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RFA and Legacy FC merge

RFA MMA AND LEGACY FC TO COMBINE FORCES IN 2017

In the world of mixed martial arts, two promotions have established themselves as the premier organizations for athletes to prove they belong on the sport’s biggest stage.

Now, those two organizations will become one.

Officials from Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance are happy to announce the two organizations will merge to launch a new promotion: Legacy Fighting Alliance.

“This is an exciting day for everyone involved,” RFA President Ed Soares said. “What our two companies have accomplished individually is remarkable, but the sky is truly the limit when you consider what will come next.

“Our athletes will have an unrivaled platform to compete in front of a nationally televised audience – not to mention in more than 40 countries around the world – and prove they are worthy of a spot at the sport’s highest level. Our existing companies have placed more than 100 fighters in just the UFC and Bellator, alone. Quite simply, for the fighters on our roster, the future is now.”

Legacy Fighting Alliance will officially launch in January 2017, with Soares serving as CEO. Longtime MMA exec Sven Bean will serve as Legacy Fighting Alliance COO.

“With this merger, we have created – without a doubt – the premier developmental league in the sport of MMA,” Bean said. “The team we have assembled brings together so much knowledge and experience at every level. The formation of Legacy Fighting Alliance is a game changer for the industry. I am excited for the future and what it will hold for the organization and its athletes.”

After signing a new multi-year contract, AXS TV will remain the exclusive broadcast home of the new organization, and Legacy Fighting Alliance is currently planning to air 30 shows in 2017.

“Legacy Fighting Alliance just catapulted to the top of the list when you are talking about fights that matter in 2017,” AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon said. “Together, these two organizations bring unrivaled experience and success in identifying athletes that make it to the next level.  Our new long-term deal solidifies our belief in Legacy Fighting Alliance’s mission and to our sport.”

Soares believes the new promotion will further streamline both existing companies’ goals of taking developing athletes and helping them reach their full potential.

“I have no doubt Legacy Fighting Alliance will be the premier destination for fighters hoping to reach a global stage,” Soares said. “In the same way that college football provides athletes a chance to prove they belong in the NFL or AAA baseball allows players to reach the Major Leagues, our organization will give fighters a chance to gain the experience of competing in a top-tier organization, develop a fanbase on national and international TV, and potentially reach the next level of their career.”

While further details will be announced in the coming weeks, current plans call for Legacy Fighting Alliance’s debut show to match up reigning Legacy Fighting Championship title holders with their Resurrection Fighting Alliance counterparts to crown the new promotion’s inaugural champions.

“We believe the merger of Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance is an exciting and logical progression of the sport,” Legacy FC President Mick Maynard said. “As AAA baseball is to MLB, we will continue to develop the best prospects by providing a proving ground and a stage for the fighters to grow that is unrivaled in the sport. In addition, this merger brings together some of the best minds in the business. It truly is an MMA dream team, and it will continue to build our Legacy in the world of MMA.”

Legacy Fighting Alliance – The Future is Now.

About RFA: RFA is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. The RFA presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver and Milwaukee. RFA can be seen live in over 43 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

About Legacy Fighting Championship:
Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion companies in the world. The promotion hosts many of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. Based in Houston, Texas, Legacy FC has eight weight divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The promotion is producing 14 live events in 2016. In 2013, Legacy was recognized as one of “Houston’s Fast 100” growing businesses by the Houston Business Journal and has a national television deal with AXS TV. For more information on Legacy Fighting Championship, please visit http://legacyfights.tv.
 
About AXS TV Fights: AXS TV Fights is renowned for its universally recognized Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing events. As Your Home For MMA, AXS TV utilizes an expansive network of promotions from the United States, Canada, and Europe. And Asia to broadcast more LIVE fights than any other television network. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world-champion Pat Miletich provide viewers expert play-by-play, in-depth fighter coverage, and extensive analysis to each fight card. AXS TV broadcasts world-class LIVE fight events from RFA, Lion Fight, Legacy FC, and MFC every Friday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.

McKee-Sanchez to square off in Bellator’s return to Oklahoma Dec. 2

 

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (September 16, 2016) – Bellator MMA will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK., on December 2 with a night of must-see mixed martial arts action, and the first confirmed bout on the Spike-televised portion of the card will feature undefeated prospect A.J. McKee (5-0) taking on Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (13-3).

Tickets for “Bellator MMA in Thackerville” start at just $45 and go on sale this coming Monday, September 19 at 10 a.m. CT. You can purchase tickets at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com.

The event airs live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fighting out of Long Beach, Calif., McKee enters this fight following the quickest finish of his budding career, a 32-second guillotine choke submission at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.” A 5-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, McKee has a knack for finishing fights early and often, spending a grand total of 10:25 inside the cage over the course of his five scraps. Trained by his father, Antonio McKee, the Team Bodyshop product will try to protect his unblemished mark and fufill his goal of becoming the youngest champion in MMA history when he enters the cage on December 9.

“El Matador” will be making his eighth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, a promotion with which the 26-year-old has had much success to date. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he trains at Roufusport, Sanchez is riding a recent string of success, having won nine of his last 11 contests, including three of the past four. Six of Sanchez’s 13 career victories have come by way of knockout or submission, with five of the finishes ending in the opening frame. Since signing with Bellator MMA, “El Matador” has competed against a who’s who of talent, facing names the likes of Pat Curran, Justin Lawrence, Henry Corrales, and Daniel Weichel.

Updated “Bellator MMA in Thackerville” Main Card:

Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (5-0) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)

About Bellator MMA:

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

What’s on the minds of the stars of UFC Fight Night Poirier vs. Johnson?

Hidalgo, Texas – As the UFC®  debut in Hidalgo, Texas approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. JOHNSON had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Dustin Poirier: “I’m 27 years old, I’ve been in the game, fighting non-stop for nine years, this is my 18th appearance on the big stage and I’ve matured as a person. I’m a father now, I’m comfortable with who I am, not that I didn’t believe in myself before, but now I know. As I get older, I realize that fighting is my life, but I’m not all the way in like I was before. I was lost in it. It’s part of my life, but it’s not who I am. I’m a father, I’m a son, a husband. It’s part of who I am, it’s not who I am.” 

Michael Johnson: “I’m really excited to be here in Hidalgo headlining the first card here. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to fight. My shoulders were really bad after the Diaz fight. It just means the world to be healthy and fighting a great opponent like Dustin. This is pretty much a do-or-die fight for me. I have to go in here and I have to put on a great performance. I can’t walk away with a [loss], it’s just not a question. My plan coming in to this promotion was to leave at the top of this promotion. I’m coming out with the win in this one.” 

Uriah Hall: “It feels good [to be back]. I’ve fought a bunch of places, Australia, Japan and so far I like it here. Last year I fought five times and I trained through seven training camps. I’ve used this time [off] just to chill and see my family. The Anderson fight didn’t happen and I get you have to fight bigger names to get more money, that’s the way MMA is. People forget about the heart, the love, the passion. I’m one of those rare cases, I’m still here. Obviously I want to get back in there. I threw Brunson a bone and he took it.”

Derek Brunson: “[This fight] is personal; I really don’t like him. Just him running his mouth, being arrogant, being cocky – I joke and I play around, but I feel that he really believes what he says; I really don’t like that. I’m doing this for the fans too. For anyone to beat me in a fight, they’re going to have to get lucky. I’m well-rounded, fast and explosive. I work hard. I’m not saying they can’t get lucky, but they’ll have to get lucky. That’s all Uriah Hall has to rely on, to get lucky.”

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change. 

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. JOHNSON will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC

Bellator 161 weigh in results official, all fighters on weight

CHEICK KONGO-TONY JOHNSON SET TO COMPETE IN MAIN EVENT OF ‘BELLATOR 161’ TOMORROW NIGHT ON SPIKE

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 15, 2016) – After today’s official weigh-ins ahead of“Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin, all of the event’s competitors are now ready for action tomorrow night. 

 

Heavyweight sluggers Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) and Tony Johnson (10-2) are set to headline a fantastic night of fights that includes a co-main event between the always animated Joe Warren (13-5) and former UFC competitor Sirwan Kakai (12-4). “Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson” will also feature a lightweight fight pitting Texas’ own Derek Campos (16-6) against Djamil Chan (12-2) and a female flyweight battle between budding superstar Anastasia Yankova (3-0) and Veta Arteaga (2-0). As always, the card’s main card will air LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

 

Main Card: (Live on SPIKE – 9 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT)

Heavyweight Main Event: Cheick Kongo (237.5) vs. Tony Johnson (264)

 

Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Joe Warren (135.4) vs. Sirwan Kakai (135.8)

 

Lightweight Feature Bout: Derek Campos (155.1) vs. Djamil Chan (156)

 

Flyweight Feature Bout: Anastasia Yankova (131) vs. Veta Arteaga (130.4)

 

Preliminary Card: (Bellator.com – 6:50 p.m. ET/5:50 p.m. CT)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Kenya Miranda (126.8) vs. Emily Ducote (124.9)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Mark Dickman (145.5) vs. Daniel Pineda (144.4)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Tommy Burghart (133.8) vs. Armando Villareal (135.9)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nick Gonzalez (158.8) vs. Warren Stewart (151.7)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Deuce King (150) vs. Rey Trujillo (153.4)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Matt Mazurek (146) vs. Jose Guerra (145)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Garrett Scott (169.7) vs. Waylon Brunstrup (168.9)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Sean Clements (154.6) vs. Jonathon Taylor (153.5)

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 400 million homes worldwide in over 120 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About H-E-B Center at Cedar Park:

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park (formerly Cedar Park Center) is the premier multi-use entertainment facility of Central Texas hosting more than 150 events per year including sporting events, concerts, and family shows. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park is home of the AHL’s Texas Stars, the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and home of the Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. H-E-B Center is located at the intersection of New Hope Drive and Toll Road 183-A in Cedar Park, just north of Austin.

 

Watch HERE Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson Weigh-Ins and Friday’s Preliminary Card

Weigh-In  Thurs Sept 15 (5:00 pm CST):

 

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Preliminary Card Fri Sept 16 (5:50 pm CST)

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 BELLATOR 162 OCTOBER 21, 2016 / FEDEX FORUM, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Bobby Lashley 14 – 2 – 0 vs Josh Appelt 12 – 5 – 0

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 UFC Fight Night 96 OCT. 01, 2016 / MODA CENTER, PORTLAND, OREGON

   Nate Marquardt 34 – 16 – 2 vs Tamdan McCrory 14 – 4 – 0

 

Roland Saria in studio guest to discuss – UCFC Kickboxing n Muay Thai September 17, 2016 @azeventcenter Mesa, AZ

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In studio Drakkar Klose 5-0-1 to discuss his upcoming RFA debut vs Hugh Pulley 6-2 RFA 44 Fri Sept 30 live on AXS TV from St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri

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WSOF 34 NOVEMBER 12, 2016 / BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER, LOVELAND, CO

Jake Shields 31 – 8 – 1 vs Jon Fitch 28 – 7 – 1

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Henry Cejudo – UFC exclusive Coach on The Ultimate Fighter vs Joe Benavides

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Derek Brunson – UFC exclusive  – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 94

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 / STATE FARM ARENA, HIDALGO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES

Derek Brunson 15 – 3 – 0 Uriah Hall vs 12 – 6 – 0

 

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Is CM Punk criticism unreasonable?

UFC 203 is now one for the record books. On that fateful evening at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, the MMA universe saw Stipe Miocic successfully defend his UFC heavyweight championship for the first time; scoring a first round knockout over Alistair Overeem in front of his hometown fans; as well as a dominant performance by Jessica Andrande (who is quickly establishing herself as a very real threat to Joanna Jedrzejczyk) and a rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne that can best be defined as unique.

However, with all the highs and lows, shenanigans and standout (or not so standout) performances put forth in “The House LeBron Built,” the bout most being discussed post-mortum is the same that was generating the most buzz heading in, as former World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Champion and well known name Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made his much talked about and anticipated debut, facing Mickey Gall (2-0).

While many tuned in to the bout, some with baited breath thinking that Punk MIGHT have a shot to prove the naysayers wrong, the fight went almost to a tee as people expected. Within seconds,  Gall had Punk on his back after scoring a takedown that looked (with due respect to Punk) almost effortless. From there, it was “Good Night Irene” for the former WWE champion, as Gall proceeded to spend the duration of the fight pounding away on Punk, who had no defense for Gall’s offensive output, before finally sinking in a fight ending rear naked choke 2:14 into the fight.

Suffice to say, criticism has poured down on Punk in droves. While not fully critical of his performance, no words may have been more telling than that of Dana White, who said if Punk wants to continue fighting, his next fight “probably shouldn’t be in the UFC.” Another notable voice, UFC commentator Joe Rogan, was a little more expansive in his thoughts shortly following the conclusion of the fights. In his post event recap, Rogan stated he admired Punk for taking a swing for the fences, however followed this by using the term “delusional” to define Punk’s UFC aspirations, compared his fight to why you don’t see brown belts compete with white belts in jiu-jitsu tournaments, stated what we saw was “unfair” and advised him to fight as an amateur if he wishes to continue in the sport.

While the words of Rogan are certainly not off course, nothing he said isn’t what has been repeated over and over since December 2014, when the Punk signing was first announced. Many questioned and heavily criticized the signing, expressing belief that Punk’s place wasn’t in the Octagon, but instead in a local promotion working his way up the ranks, in hopes of perhaps eventually getting his crack in “the big leagues.”

Let me be straight forward here. I respect CM Punk. I respect the fact that he took a stab at his dream of fighting for the UFC. I respect the fact that he made the sacrifices that needed to be made, including daily trips from Chicago to Milwaukee (which on paper looks close, but only is so for those who have never drove in Chicago traffic) and the time he put forth with a top notch camp (Roufussport). I respect him battling through injuries, which included ones so severe he needed back surgery to repair it, and not throwing in the towel. He also won a big battle that is hardly easy by  making weight for his fight. For these, despite what people online and other journalists say, he DOES deserve credit and respect. That isn’t the guy wanting a consolation prize or a participation trophy. It’s him EARNING the respect for DOING it when so many wouldn’t and giving his best to step in the often unforgiving confines of the Octagon and the spotlight.  However with that said, the CM Punk fight proves yet another valuable lesson. The days of the UFC barely having enough warm bodies to put forth a quality event died a LONG time ago. The sport has evolved to such levels (thanks to the efforts of many to raise mainstream awareness) that even the fighters that are just getting their feet wet in what they could be capable of are levels higher than the commoner; the one just getting started. While Gall is still very much a pup in the grand scheme of things in Mixed Martial Arts, he’s also one who has over a decade of training, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a blue belt in Muay Thai. This isn’t someone who just rolled out of bed and decided to go to the fights, only to find himself thrust into the action.  As for Rogan’s comments about fighting in the amateur ranks, unfortunately once you’ve danced in the professional ranks, there is no going back. Where Punk goes from here is anyone’s guess. Perhaps he takes another stab at MMA elsewhere. Perhaps he decides he has had enough and rides off into the sunset.  Regardless of his next step, for anyone to say he wasn’t ready for the UFC and should have taken the path most traveled in MMA is both pointing out the obvious and publicly admonishing  someone for NOT taking said path, even though that path was avoided by little fault of his own.

Reality is this. CM Punk being thrown right into the fire in his maiden MMA journey is akin to a kid who is just learning the basic nuances of baseball being put into live action at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. While Mickey Gall may not yet be a Cy Young Award caliber pitcher (for comparisons sake), he also has the years of playing time under his belt to have earned his shot in the bigs. Whether he becomes the next Stephen Strasburg or David Price is to be determined. However, at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Gall showed he was had more than enough baseball acumen to strike CM Punk out in three straight pitches.

All this poses my ultimate question. Is CM Punk really deserving of the adverse criticism he is getting? The only thing he was guilty of is saying yes to both the opportunity of a lifetime for him, and a big time payday with major mainstream exposure. Not one of us would have said no to an offer like this, regardless of how ready we may or may not have been. If anything, Punk showed what should already be known: the UFC isn’t for the every man. The athletes who fight inside the Octagon are some of the best in the world and if you aren’t up to snuff, regardless of your background, your stay will be an abbreviated one. There is a reason why so many have come and gone over the last 20+ years; some never to be heard from in the sport again after their UFC careers went south. It takes a special talent to fight in that cage and/or many years of training to reach that point. While Punk may eventually prove he COULD have been there, once he was thrust in to the spotlight, there is no turning back and we may never know what could have been.  What we do know is that his time of training wasn’t nearly enough for him to be ready for the shark infested waters of the UFC, and it showed. However criticizing the man for taking the big opportunity presented to him is akin to putting a kid in a room full of pens, no toys and no entertainment, then blaming him for writing on the wall.

Fitch-Shields, Copeland-Rama and Okami-Bradley headline World Series of Fighting’s return to Colorado

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING:
JON FITCH-JAKE SHIELDS
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN SET FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 IN LOVELAND, COLORADO
LIVE ON NBCSN

Plus:
Josh Copeland vs. Smealinho Rama in heavyweight battle 
Paul Bradley vs. Yushin Okami in welterweight collisionTickets for WSOF34 on sale Friday, Sept. 16

LAS VEGAS (September 13, 2016) – World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) officially announced today the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds) title fight between reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7-1, 1 NC) and number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8-1) for Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Priced from $20, tickets for “WSOF34: Fitch vs. Shields” go on sale on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Budweiser Events Center box office, BudweiserEventsCenter.com, or by phone at 1-877-544-TIXX.

“This is a fight between two of the sport’s most seasoned and accomplished competitors, and a matchup that has been building for quite some time, so we are excited to see it finally come to fruition in the decagon cage, and to crown the better man that night, our world welterweight champion,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

In addition to the main event, World Series of Fighting announced a featured heavyweight attraction pitting Josh “Cuddly Bear” Copeland (13-4) against former champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2), as well as the promotional debut of battle-tested Paul Bradley (23-6), who will take on former top 10 world-ranked Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) in a welterweight affair.

Additional matchups for “WSOF34: Fitch vs. Shields” will be announced soon.

Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields

The 6-foot, 38-year-old Fitch of Las Vegas, Nev. via Fort Wayne, Ind. will put his title on the line for the second time since seizing the vacant belt on October 17, 2015, when he earned a unanimous decision over Yushin Okami.

Fitch, who has faced and defeated some of the best rival welterweight fighters of his era to cement his legacy in the sport, risked his World Series of Fighting title for the first time on April 2, defeating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Joao Zeferino by way of unanimous decision.

Fighting out of San Francisco, Calif., the 6-foot, 37-year-old Shields will seek his fourth major world championship.  The Cesar Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt held both the Shooto and EliteXC welterweight straps as well as the Strikeforce middleweight crown.

Like Fitch, Shields has provided fight fans with a host of memories, including his unforgettable, upset unanimous decision defeat of future Hall of Famer Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010.  Shields also boasts a split decision win over reigning UFC champion Tyron Woodley as well as a split decision victory over UFC superstar Demian Maia.

Josh Copeland vs. Smealinho Rama

The 6-foot-1, 33-year-old Copeland is coming off what was perhaps the grittiest performance of his four-year professional career in his bid for the World Series of Fighting heavyweight title against reigning champion Blagoy Ivanov.  Copeland stood toe-to-toe and held his own against the Sambo champion, but was left on the losing end of a unanimous decision after five competitive rounds of action.

Copeland, who has notched 7 of his 12 professional victories by way of (T)KO or submission, earned his place in the world title fight by taking a unanimous decision from Mike “300” Hayes at WSOF29 on March 12.

The 6-foot-1, 24-year-old Rama of Calgary, Alberta, Canada made history on October 11, 2014, becoming the first-ever World Series of Fighting heavyweight champion by scoring a devastating, 51-second TKO (punches) on Derrick “Caveman” Mehman at WSOF14.

Rama, who also holds a unanimous decision win over Steve Mocco in the World Series of Fighting decagon cage, surrendered the heavyweight title after being submitted (guillotine choke) by Ivanov in the third round (1:17) of their bout on June 5, 2015.

Paul Bradley vs. Yushin Okami

One of World Series of Fighting’s recent, high-profile acquisitions, the 5-foot-9, 33-year-old Bradley of San Diego, Calif. signed with the league after decimating previously unbeaten Chris Honeycutt by way of TKO (punches) in just 40 seconds in the Bellator MMA cage on January 29, 2016.

A former, two-time All-American wrestling star for NCAA Division I University of Iowa, Bradley placed as high as fourth in the national championships before turning to MMA in 2006 where he has since faced off with elite competition in the UFC and Strikeforce.

Similar to his opponent, the 6-foot-2, 35-year-old Okami of Kanagawa, Japan has scrapped with top-level, world ranked competition to earn his place in the decagon cage.

Since the loss to Fitch, Okami, a veteran of the UFC as well as PRIDE, has since reeled off two consecutive victories in his home country – a second round (4:23) TKO (corner stoppage) of Ryuta Sakurai in Tokyo on February 27, and a first round (2:06) submission (rear-naked choke) of Shingo Suzuki on July 24.

ABOUT WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING

“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a worldwide premier, professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion partnered with NBC, NBCSN and international media distribution giant, IMG.  Established in 2012 and headquartered in Las Vegas with satellite offices in New York City and Boston, the company is dedicated to delivering an incredible experience for sports fans by producing action-packed, live fights between elite athletes from around the world.  With 32 events under its belt, the company will have produced 10 live events in 8 different U.S. markets in 2016, including 4 live dates between October 7 and December 31, when it heads to The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in history.  For more information please visit WSOF.com and follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries.  WSOF and World Series of Fighting are registered trademarks of MMAWC, LLC.

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