Sunday, March 27, 2016


While many MMA fans were complaining about the lack of fights this weekend, hardcore fans were enjoying some great regional action from around the world.

Legacy FC 52 was full of finishes and excitement from start to finish. With UFC Featherweight Dustin Poirier in his corner, Lightweight Thomas Webb earned an upset win over Sean Soriano with a TKO that came at 1:25 of round 3. In the main event Matt Schnell won the Flyweight title when he submitted Klayton Mai via armbar at 2:14 of round 1.

At ACB 32 in Moscow, Russia Light Heavyweight Denis Goltsov defeated former Strikeforce and WSOF fighter Mike Kyle by way of triangle choke at 1:00 of round 1. Magomed Magomedov won a controversial split decision over fellow Bantamweight Petr Yan. And in the main event Welterweight Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhbov defeated Eduard Vartanyan via TKO at 1:37 of round 1.

The title fight between Bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao and challenger Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas which was previously scheduled earlier this year but was dropped due to injury has been rescheduled for Bellator 156.

Former WEC and UFC fighter George Roop has signed with ROAD FC.

After a long and hard fought battle, MMA has finally been legalized in New York as the bill was passed. The final vote was 113-25.

Well known MMA journalist Ariel Helwani has parted ways with UFC on FOX.

RIZIN FF has signed former UFC fighter Daron Cruickshank. He will make his debut against Shinji Sasaki at their April 17 event.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


The MMA world was focused on the Eastern Hemisphere this weekend with two major events in action in Myanmar and Australia respectively.

First up was ONE Championship 40 in Yangon, Myanmar. Flyweight Adriano Moraes rebounded from a split decision loss with a submission victory over Eugene Toquero. The submission (Brabo choke) came at 4:53 of round 1. Myanmar's own, Aung La N Sang defeated Mohamed Ali - no not that one - via guillotine at 2:38 of round 1 in the main event.

Heading south to Australia, UFC Fight Night 85 saw Lightweight Jake Matthews get a late finish over Johnny Case with a rear naked choke at 4:45 of round 3. Welterweight Neil Magny continued his impressive streak with a TKO of Hector Lombard at :46 of round 3. And in the main event Heavyweight Mark Hunt defeated Frank Mir via walk off KO at 3:01 of round 1.

Bellator has signed former TUF competitor and UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione.

Following his signature flip off the cage after a win, WSOF Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is still battling a potential suspension at the hands of the Boxing Commission in Colorado. The commission is said to have warned him not to do the celebration before the fight.

Former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barao will be moving up to Featherweight and facing Jeremy "Little Heathen" Stephens at UFC Fight Night 88.

Monday, March 14, 2016


At CES MMA 33, Middleweight Chuck O'Neil defeated Dennis Olson via unanimous decision. And in the main event Andre Soukhamthath won the Bantamweight title in impressive fashion with a flying knee KO of Kody Nordby at 1:35 of round 5. 

It's hard to talk about Invicta FC 16 without mentioning every fight. That is how great the event shown on UFC Fight Pass was. Strawweight Angela "Overkill" Hill won her second straight fight with the promotion with a blood spilling KO victory over Stephanie Eggink at 2:36 of round 2. With the first championship fight of the night, Jennifer Maia won the interim Flyweight belt against Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision. Ayaka Hamasaki defended her Atomweight title with an armbar over Amber Brown at 2:52 of round 3. Other notable winners at Invicta FC 16 included Roxanne Modafferi, Irene Aldana and Jinh Yu Frey. 

The final major event of the weekend was WSOF 29. Middleweight Louis Taylor made quick work of Cory Devela with a guillotine coming at just :29 of round 1. In a Heavyweight contest, Josh Copeland got past Mike Hayes by way of unanimous decision. And in the main event top ranked Lightweight Justin Gaethje defended his belt yet again with an impressive TKO win over veteran Brian Foster. The stoppage came after several unanswered kicks to the knee dropped Foster. 

Rizin MMA has signed veteran fighter Wanderlei Silva to a multi-year contract and has announced that he will make his promotional debut on April 17. Silva is also singed with Bellator. 

WSOF Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion David Branch has signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion. 

Both Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice have failed their post Bellator 149 drug tests. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016


After a weekend like that, its no wonder you're reading this to catch up on all the exciting action that took place in the world of MMA this past week.

Titan FC 37, which aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, saw Tim Elliot successfully defend his Flyweight strap with a unanimous decision win over challenger Pedro Nobre. Andre Harrison barely held on to his Featherweight belt with a split decision victory against Steven Siler. The main event was meant to be a title fight for Bantamweight gold, but because Anderson dos Santos missed weight, the belt could only be retained by Ricky Simon. Unfortunately for Simon, dos Santos won by (a recently very popular) rear naked choke that came at 2:38 of round 2.

Bellator 151 was a fight card filled with many decisions but it still entertained. Featherweight wrestler Bubba Jenkins came back from a poor first round and defeated Goiti Yamauchi by way of unanimous decision. Welterweight Fernando Gonzalez kept his hot streak alive with a unanimous decision win over former TUF competitor Gilbert Smith. Darrion Caldwell remained a force to be reckoned with at Bantamweight when he took out self proclaimed baddest man on the planet Joe Warren. Caldwell, after exciting the crowd with a suplex of Warren, took him out via rear naked choke at 3:23 of round 1. Caldwell is now 9-0 and will most likely get the next shot at the Bantamweight title.

RFA 36 lost its main event the day before the card and couldn't quite rebound. Despite that, Bantamweight Melvin Blummer had a good night with a rear naked choke win over opponent Matt Murphy at 1:23 of round 2. In the (new) main event, UFC vet, Flyweight Chico Camus, got past Matt Brown on his way to a unanimous decision.

UFC 196 was definitely a night for the underdogs. However, before that there were a pair of Light Heavyweight fights. Despite getting dropped in the first round, Corey Anderson rebounded and defeated Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision. In the other Light Heavyweight fight Ilir Latifi won by unanimous decision over Gian Villante. Miesha Tate stole the Women's Bantamweight belt in the fifth and final round when she sunk in a rear naked choke on now former champion Holly Holm at 3:30 of the round. Up until that point, Tate was losing the fight. Nate Diaz won a Welterweight contest against "The Notorious" Conor McGregor via rear naked choke at 4:12 of round 2.

MMA legend Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva has signed with Bellator.

UFC 198 will be headlined by a Heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Stipe Miocic.