Sunday, November 22, 2015


After last weekends wild outcome, it was hard to believe that this weekend could live up to the same hype. But it did. Four major events went down, including one that hosted a one night eight man tournament.

Kicking things off was Bellator 146. Though much of the fight card was exciting, the main event and co-main event stole the show. Lightweight Brandon Girtz, coming off of a big win, decided to give the fans another show with a TKO of Derek Campos at just :37 of round 1. And then to cap things off was Middleweight Melvin Manhoef who dispatched of Hisaki Kato with a KO at 3:43 of round 1.

WSOF 25 was highlighted by a one night eight man tournament in the Lightweight division. The tournament was anything but normal with several winners of the quarterfinals having to drop out due to injuries and several losers advancing in their place. The final four saw Joao Zeferino defeat Jorge Patino via heel hook at 1:24 of round 1 and Brian Foster defeat Luis Palomino via TKO at 4:19 of round 2. Before the tournament final, Jason High took on Estevan Payan in another Lightweight contest. High won by way of KO at :47 of round 2. In the tournament final, Brian Foster shocked the world by beating the very man who took him out in the quarterfinal round, Joao Zeferino. Foster won by knocking out Zeferino at 4:51 of round 2. The tournament win sets up a WSOF Lightweight title fight with Foster and champion Justin Gaethje.

ONE Championship 33 saw two titles on the line as well as a tournament championship. Kairat Akhmetov claimed the Flyweight belt with a split decision win over Adriano Moraes. Marat Gafurov earned a victory while simultaneously unifying the Featherweight titles when he submitted Jadamba Narantungalag with a rear naked choke at 4:39 of round 4. Finally, Yang Sen won the Featherweight tournament with a second round kimura over Zhang Jia Cai at :35.

Following a historic weekend for the promotion, the UFC made its way to Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78. Flyweight Henry Cejudo defeated Jussier Formiga by split decision, possibly setting up a title shot against "Mighty Mouse." Ricardo Lamas won a unanimous decision over fellow Featherweight Diego Sanchez. And in the main event, Welterweight Neil Magny defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision. The event also crowned two "TUF Latin America 2" tournament winners: Lightweight Enrique Barzola and Welterweight Erick Montano.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Many MMA fans are eagerly anticipating next weeks Rousey vs Holm fight, but this weekend produced some exciting fights of its own.

The action started with Bellator 145 "Vengeance." Heavyweight Bobby Lashley avenged his last loss to James Thompson via TKO at :54 of round 1. Former Lightweight champion Michael Chandler defeated David Rickels for the second time, this time by way of TKO at 3:05 of round 2. In the first of two title fights, "Ill" Will Brooks successfully defended his Lightweight belt despite popping his knee out in round 1. Brooks won via unanimous decision over Marcin Held. In the main event, Daniel Straus won the Featherweight strap by unanimous decision from Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, a man who previously defeated him twice.

At RFA 32 Lightweight Landon Vannata took out Chad Curry with a TKO (elbows) of Chad Curry at 1:29 of round 1. In the main event, Bantamweight Leandro Higo defeated Melvin Blumer via TKO at 2:58 of round 1.

Finishing off the weekend was UFC Fight Night 77. Bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida remained undefeated with a vicious KO over Anthony Birchak at 4:24 of round 1. Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira got back on track with a TKO victory against Patrick Cummins at 1:12 of round 2. In the main event Middleweight Vitor Belfort won the rubber match against Dan Henderson with a first round KO (head kick, punches). The stoppage came at 2:07 of round 2.

UFC on FOX 18, which takes place on Jan 30, got its headlining fight. Light Heavyweights Ryan "Darth" Bader and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will meet in what is most likely a number one contenders match.

GLORY kickboxing has found a new home on ESPN platforms. GLORY - which was formerly partnered with Spike TV - signed a broadcast deal with ESPN.

Bellator veteran Brett Cooper has retired from MMA.

Rizin FC, an affiliate of Bellator, has announced more plans for their inaugural event on New Years Eve. A fight between Gabi Garcia and Lady Tapa will take place as well as Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal competing in a Light Heavyweight grand prix.

Bellator announced that a fight between legendary Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock will headline Bellator 149. The co-main event will consist of a match-up between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000. Weights have not been set yet.