Sunday, October 27, 2013


The Cage Warriors promotion headed to Jordan for Cage Warriors Fight Night 9 this past weekend. Bantamweight Ronnie Mann earned a unanimous decision win over Marat Pekov. Faycal Hucin defeated former UFC fighter Che Mills in his Middleweight debut via TKO at 4:23 of round 2. In the main event Welterweight Gael Grimaud made quick work of Bruno Carvalho defeating him by KO at just :45 of round 1.

At RFA 10 former UFC Featherweight Justin Lawrence returned to the win column after defeating Luis Saldana by unanimous decision. In the main event Mike Rhodes defeated Alan Jouban by unanimous decision to win the inaugural Welterweight title.

Bellator 105 saw Alexander Sarnavskiy sink in a quick triangle choke at 1:08 of round 1 to defeat Ricadro Tirloni and move on to the Lightweight tournament final. In that final he will face Will Brooks who won a unanimous decision against Saad Awad.

The UFC made its return to England for UFC Fight Night 30. Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa defeated Ryan Jimmo in bizarre fashion at 4:41 of round 2. It was declared a TKO but Jimmo appeared to have blown out something in his leg forcing him to stop fighting. The co-main event also ended unusually. Lightweight Melvin Guillard landed a knee to the head of Ross Pearson when he was a "grounded opponent" thus causing the fight to be declared a no contest. In the main event Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida made an impressive Middleweight debut knocking out Mark Munoz with a head kick at 3:10 of round 1.

WSOF 6 saw former UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch win a split decision over Marcelo Alfaya. Bantamweight Marlon Moraes continued his hot streak by defeating Carson Beebe via TKO at :32 of round 1. And in the main event Steve Carl outlasted Josh Burkman to win the inaugural Welterweight title via triangle choke at 1:02 of round 4.

UFC Flyweight veteran Ulysses Gomez will challenge Neil Seery for the title at Cage Warriors 62.

Featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri and Lightweight Katsunori Kikuno both signed with the UFC.

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have been announced as The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 coaches.

Bellator has signed Brazilians Julio Cesar Neves, Cleiton Duarte and Diego Marlon.

Koji Oishi and Honorio Banario will rematch for the Featherweight title at ONE FC 13. Oishi won the first meeting between the two by KO in round 2.

Legacy FC has signed TUF Smashes contestant Ben Wall.

With Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz out due to an injured neck, his fight with Rampae Jackson has been scratched and Bellator 106 goes from being a pay per view to a free card on Spike TV.

UFC Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson will fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira March 8th in London.

After suffering an injury Light Heavyweight Vinicius Queiroz will no longer face Cheick Kongo at Bellator 107.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


ONE FC 11 opened up a busy weekend of MMA. Shinya Aoki made a successful move to Featherweight by defeating Cody Stevens by unanimous decision. In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes unified the Bantamweight belts by defeating Soo Chul Kim via unanimous decision.

Two titles were on the line at XFC 26 this past weekend. The first was the Women's Flyweight title which served as the co-main event. Pearl Gonzalez survived multiple submission attempts only to sink in one of her own, defeating Courtney Casey by armbar at 4:43 of round 3. In the main event Scott "Hotsauce" Holtzman successfully defended his Lightweight belt by dominating Roger Carroll and earning a unanimous decision victory.

Bellator continued its weekly events with Bellator 104. Unfortunately, unlike the last couple of events under the promotion, this one lacked excitement. Ron Keslar moved on to the Welterweight tournament final by earning an upset rear naked choke win over War Machine at 3:31 of round 1. Also advancing to the Welterweight tournament final was Rick Hawn who defeated Brent Weedmen for the second time in his career by unanimous decision. Other notable winners on the card were Kendall Grove, Peter Graham and Paul Sass.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has possibly pulled off its best fight card of the year (so far) with UFC 166. Flyweight John Dodson landed a devastating KO at 4:15 of round 1 to defeat UFC newcomer Darrell Montague. Heavyweight veteran Gabriel Gonzaga also earned a KO victory of his own by knocking out Shawn Jordan at 1:33 of round 1. Lightweight Gilbert Melendez defeated Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision in a fight that some are saying is fight of the year. Heavyweight Daniel Cormier defeated Roy "Big Country" Nelson by unanimous decision. And in the main event, Cain Valasquez outlasted Junior dos Santos by getting a TKO at 3:09 of round 5 to retain his Heavyweight belt.

Former UFC Middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami along with Light Heavyweight veteran Raphael Davis, have both signed with the WSOF.

Women's Bantamweight prospect Holly Holm will fight Angela Hayes at Legacy FC 25 on December 6th.

Undefeated Lightweight Nick Newell's next fight will be against Sabah Fadai at WSOF 7.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


UFC Fight Night 29 had more split decisions in a single fight card than I had ever seen before. You would think the night would lean in favor of the Brazilian fighters because the event was held in their home country. For the most part that was not the case. Light Heavyweight veteran Thiago Silva earned a unanimous decision win over another veteran, Matt Hamill. In the co-main event Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim won in surprising fashion, knocking out Erick Silva at 3:01 of round 2. The main event wasn't the most exciting fight ever. Welterweight Jake Shields did just enough to win a split decision over Demian Maia.

Bellator 103 saw Lightweight David "Caveman" Rickels return to the win column after defeating J.J. Ambrose via TKO at 2:37 of round 3. Justin Wilcox dominated Joe Taimanglo to earn a unanimous decision win and move on to the Featherweight tournament final. The second man to advance to the Featherweight tournament final was Patricio "Pitbull" Freire who defeated Fabricio Guerreiro via unanimous decision.

At Legacy FC 24, Women's Bantamweight prospect Holly Holm remained undefeated by defeating Nikki Knudsen via TKO at 1:18 of round 2. Flyweight Henry Cejudo also remained undefeated after earning a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Hollis. In the main event Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira won a unanimous decision over Chris Feist.

For a fight card that only had five fights on it, CFA 12 delivered in every single way imaginable. Yoisdenis Cedeno squeaked out a split decision win over Torrance Taylor to win the vacant Lightweight title. Valdir Araujo defeated Romario Manoel Da Silva via guillotine at 4:09 of round 2 to win the vacant Welterweight title. Ashlee Evans-Smith stole the show by getting an upset win over Fallon Fox via TKO at 3:15 of round 3 to win the Women's Featherweight tournament. Former UFC Lightweight fighter Efrain Escudero won a unanimous decision over Luis Palomino. And in the main event Joshua Sampo successfully defended his Flyweight title by defeating Sam Thao via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones will no longer defend his Light Heavyweight title at UFC 169. The fight with Glover Teixeira will be pushed back to a fight card at a later date.

Paul Daley will fight against fellow Welterweight Romario Manoel Da Silva at BAMMA 14 on December 14th.

UFC Middleweight (turned Welterweight) Rousimar Palhares has been banned by the promotion following his win over Mike Pierce. Palhares won via heel hook at :31 of round 1 at UFC Fight Night 29. Despite multiple taps from Pierce and the referee jumping in, Palhares did not let go of the submission until a few seconds later. He has a history of holding on to submissions too long which comes into play with him being banned.

Invicta FC has announced that it will hold its next event on December 7th.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


My review is back after taking a week off. I know how much you missed me so I'll get right to it!

Bellator 102 marked the opening rounds of the four man Heavyweight tournament. In the first Heavyweight fight, Vinicius Queiroz knocked out UFC vet Lavar Johnson at :23 of round 1. In the second Heavyweight fight which also served as the main event, UFC vet Cheick Kongo defeated Mark Godbeer via TKO at 2:04 of round 2. Also on the card Mikkel Parlo and Brennan Ward advanced to the finals of the Middleweight tournament while Anthony Leone advanced to the finals of the Bantamweight tournament.

Maximum Fighting Championship held its biggest fight card to date, hosting not one, not two, but THREE title fights at MFC 38. The first belt that was on the line was the Heavyweight strap. Anthony Hamilton pulled off a surprising head kick KO to defeat Smealinho Rama at :12 of round 2. Up next was the Middleweight title fight. Sam Alvey defeated Jason South via TKO in one of the latest stoppages in MMA history (4:56 of round 5). Finally the main event saw two Bantamweights battle for the belt. Anthony Birchak out lasted Tito Jones and won via rear naked choke at 3:30 of round 2.

In the main event of Cage Warriors 60 Stevie Ray defeated Sean Carter via rear naked choke at 4:40 of round 1 to claim the Lightweight belt.

The UFC has signed Flyweight Sergio Pettis and Women's Bantamweight Bethe Correia.

Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko will defend his title against Doug Marshall at Bellator 108 on November 15th.

Reebok has extended their deal with UFC Welterweight title contender Johny Hendricks.

The World Series of Fighting has announced they will be heading to Canada for the very first time for WSOF 7. The headliner of the card will be Light Heavyweight Mike Kyle against Anthony Johnson.

Former UFC Lightweight fighter Efrain Escudero is scheduled to fight Luis Palomino at CFA 12.

Welterweight fighter Matthew Riddle has announced that he will be coming out of retirement and fighting at Bellator 109.

The UFC has suspended Heavyweight Ben Rothwell for elevated testosterone levels following his latest win against Brandon Vera.

A Heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir has been moved to UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend. It will be the co main event to the Light Heavyweight title fight of Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.

Bellator Heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov will defend his title against Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 109.

UFC Heavyweight veteran Mike Russow has signed with the WSOF.