Sunday, January 25, 2015


The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its way to Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on FOX 14. The first fight on the main card kicked things off with a bang as Featherweight Sam Sicilia knocked out Akira Corassani at 3:26 of round 1. In the next fight, Light Heavyweight Ryan Bader kept things standing for a majority of the time, earning a split decision win over Phil Davis. In the co-main event Middleweight Gegard Mousasi defeated Dan Henderson with an unusual TKO at just 1:10 of round 1. The main event capped off the night impressively as Light Heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson destroyed former contender Alexander Gustafsson. Johnson stopped Gustafsson with a TKO coming at 2:15 of round 1, earning him a date with champion Jon Jones.

MMA legend Mirko "CroCop" has resigned with the UFC and will headline a fight card in Poland against Gabriel Gonzaga. The fight, which is a rematch, will be in April.

UFC and Strikeforce veteran Cung Le has announced his retirement from combat sports.

With the loss of Welterweight champion Douglas Lima from the Bellator 134 fight card, the promotion has decided to add a super fight between Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Chieck Kongo. the fight will take place in the Heavyweight division.

Titan Fighting Championships has announced three of its four title fights for Titan FC 33 which takes place on March 20. Featherweight Desmond Green will look to defend his belt for the first time against Kurt Holobaugh. Jon Madsen and Chase Gormley will fight for the vacant Heavyweight strap. Finally, Walel Watson and undefeated Brett Johns will fight for the vacant Bantamweight title.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


The first busy weekend of mixed martial arts in 2015 was kicked off with Bellator 132. Light Heavyweight Virgil Zwicker redeemed himself with a split decision win over Houston Alexander. In a number one contender Featherweight contest, Georgi Karakhanyan impressed with a guillotine choke that put Bubba Jenkins to sleep at 1:49 of round 1. It was announced after the fight that Karakhanyan would face the winner of the main event between Featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire and Daniel Straus. As the event came to an end, "Pitbull" emerged victorious in a slug fest over Straus. The title win came by way of rear naked choke at 4:49 of round 4.

At WSOF 17, Lightweight Joe Condon defied all odds after going down two rounds to none in a fight with Johnny Nunez that he took on days notice. Condon sunk in a guillotine choke that led to the win over Nunez at 4:22 of round 3. In the main event Welterweight Jake Shields did what he does best. After a rocky start, Shields took Brian Foster down and won via rear naked choke at 2:51 of round 1. Shields will now fight WSOF Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares for the belt.

UFC Fight Night 59 saw Middleweight Uriah Hall continue his win streak with a TKO (doctor stoppage) over last minute replacement Ron Stallings. Lightweight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone won his second fight in the span of 15 days with a unanimous decision win over former champion Benson Henderson. Featherweight Conor McGregor earned a title shot with a main event win over Dennis Siver. The TKO win came at 1:54 of round 2 after a dominate performance by McGregor. He is now set to fight champion Jose Aldo at a yet to be determined date.

Heavyweight MMA veteran Pat "HD" Barry made a successful return to kickboxing at Legacy Kickboxing 1. He defeated Demoreo Dennis by split decision.

UFC Women's Strawweight champion Carla Esparza will attempt her first title defense at UFC 185 when she takes on Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Former UFC Light Heavyweights Thiago Silva and Matt Hamill have both signed with World Series of Fighting and will take part in a four man tournament to determine the promotions first Light Heavyweight champion.

Kimbo Slice has signed with Bellator.

UFC Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will fight Renan Barao in a title rematch at UFC 186.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


While this weekend lacked MMA events and many fans were looking forward to next weekends triple header, Resurrection Fighting Alliance attempted to cure the need for the sport for the time being. Featherweight Mark Dickman, who was forced to forfeit 50 percent of his fight purse due to missing weight horrendously, defeated Donald Sanchez via kimura at 1:37 of round 1. The main event was originally scheduled to be for the vacant Welterweight belt. Instead Chidi Njokuani missed weight and proceeded to out strike Gilbert Smith to a unanimous decision. Because Njokuani missed weight, he was unable to obtain the belt even with the win, resulting in the title remaining vacant.

Ex UFC Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has announced his retirement from the sport.

After his UFC 182 co-main event win over Myles Jury, Lightweight Donald Cerrone will step in to replace Eddie Alvarez against Benson Henderson. This marks a 15 day turn around for Cerrone. The fight will take place at UFC Fight Night 59.

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has tested positive for cocaine metabolites and has checked himself into rehab.

Bellator Middleweight Joe Schilling has signed with GLORY (kickboxing) and plans to compete for both promotions in 2015.

UFC President Dana White has announced that former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will receive a title shot with a UFC 183 win over Nick Diaz.

With the Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks Welterweight title trilogy taking shape, would be contender Rory MacDoanld has found a fight elsewhere. MacDoanld will face off against Hector Lombard at UFC 186 in Montreal.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


While many were looking forward to UFC 182, only the hardcore MMA fans were zoned in on IGF Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014. The year end fight card featured such veterans as Shinya Aoki, Satoshi Ishii and Mirko "CroCop". Aoki, the ONE FC Lightweight champion, defeated Yuki Yamamoto via twister submission at 1:21 of round 1. Heavyweight Chris Barnett earned a TKO victory over Shinchi Suzukawa at 1:57 of round 1. And in the main event, Heavyweight MMA legend Mirko "CroCop" dispatched of Satoshi Ishii by TKO (head kick and punches) in round 2.

IGF wasn't the only promotion to host a New Year's Eve event. Deep - Dream Impact 2014 took place at the famous Saitama Super Arena in Japan. A total of 22 fights were featured. Flyweight Yuki Motoya earned the biggest win of his career with a victory over Matt Manzanares via TKO at 3:17 of round 3. The night was capped off with Lightweight Satoru Kitaoka defeating Yoshiyuki Yoshida by unanimous decision.

UFC 182 was supposed to start off 2015 with a bang for the promotion but it fell short of that goal with a main card filled entirely of decisions. Lightweight contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone defeated young up and comer Myles Jury by unanimous decision. The main event saw Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones cruise past Daniel Cormier to a decision win.

The UFC has announced that with a win over Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59, "The Notorious" Conor McGregor would be next in line to challenge Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.