You just can run away from McGregorMania, you just can’t. Arguably one of the UFC’s biggest draws, Conor McGregor will be facing Dennis Siver tomorrow at UFC Fight Night Boston. Boston, which has a massive Irish community, went crazy for the McGregor at the weigh ins earlier today.
The card will also feature an exciting co-main event between Benson Henderson and Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone. Cerrone took the fight with less than two weeks notice after picking up a huge victory of up and comer Myles Jury. In the preliminary card, TUF China winner Zhang Lipeng will be facing Chris Wade. Zhang, who is on a 2 fight win streak in the UFC, has been preparing for this fight at Asia’s top MMA gym, Evolve MMA.
Originally Posted at TheFightNation.com
You saw this coming. Come on, you definitely saw this coming. Kimbo Slice is making a return to the world of mixed martial arts.
Well, in a today climate where it’s okay for your world champion to do cocaine, we guess everything and anything is possible. Bellator has signed Kimbo Slice. Kimbo hasn’t competed in MMA since May 2010 after he lost to Matt Mitrione. Kimbo has a 4-2 fight record and has competed in EliteXC and the UFC.
Kimbo, who made his name as a street fighter who made it big on Youtube, started his MMA career red hot in EliteXC, defeating names such as Tank Abbot and Jame Thompson. However, critics felt that Kimbo was just a manufactured fighter whose place was on the street. Kimbo suffered his first loss at the hands of Seth Petruzelli who took just 14 seconds to knock him out.
Kimbo then made his way to the UFC, entering the promotion’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. He was obviously the center of attention on the show but loss to Roy Nelson. He would then move on to beat Houston Alexander and lose to Matt Mitrione in the UFC.
Kunlun will unveil its new cage for the event, which will air on Jiangsu TV across China. An internet stream is being planned and Asia MMA will update with the information once its released.
Ten matches have been announced for the event. While not many of the fighters will be household names, Kunlun holds monthly shows which gives Chinese fighters and growing Asia-based fighters plenty of opportunities to develop. A few of the promotion’s kick boxers make the transition to MMA on the cards. Well-known Yang Jianping, probably China’s most recognizable MMA figure, is the main staple of the promotion.
Kunlun’s kickboxing and Muay Thai tournaments are gaining the attention of the international community as well. On the first day of the Nanjing event, 16 fighters all under the age of 23 years old will be featured as rising stars.
At the top of the MMA card on the 18th, M-1 veteran Kazbek Tigurov will face Kunlun’s Musa Conteh. Al Batal veteran Yousef Wehbe will meet Hatisi Tuerxunbieke.
A match of two Kunlun veterans sees Askar Umbetov try to rebound from a loss to Kazuyuki Miyata when he takes on undefeated Emilio Urrutia. Malaysian MMA staple Mohammad Fouzein will take on Wu Tieying who is still searching for his first win.
New Zealand stand out Kai Kara-France will face Xi’An Sports University’s Jumayi Ayideng. The three opening fights feature all Chinese athletes.
Kunlun Fight will be hosting an event in Guangzhou, China on February 1, 2015. Heavyweight standout Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siliga has been signed by the promotion to compete on the card, but it is not known if he will be in a kickboxing or MMA match.
Kunlun Fight 18
January 18, 2015
Wutaishan Unionpay Gym
It’s been a tough road for the staple of China’s MMA scene. Money, training, travel, stress, all of it has added up to a lopsided record that hasn’t shown what this man is yet fully capable of. Zhang’s humbleness and self-deprication have probably been his worst enemies, as he first showed to the international MMA community when he admitted his poor performance in both his TUF semi-final win and his decision over Wang Sai in the finale.
Zhang has always known what he’s needed to change, and it has slowly come to happen. In his first fight beyond TUF, Zhang came out of his shell against Brendan O’Reilly. He blasted repeated takedowns and showed aggressive control on the ground. He attributed the win to a new coaching effort. And in his upcoming fight, he will have spent more time in a far more advanced camp than he’s ever had the opportunity to before.
Asia MMA spoke with Zhang during fight week and his final preparations in the US.
Originally posted TheFightNation.com
Well, if that real fighting company doesn’t want them, we’re pretty sure the fake fighting company does. The rumors have been going crazy about MMA brand TAPOUT and the world’s leading pro wrestling company joining forces and now, both sides have more or less confirmed it.
The WWE issued the following statement:
The guys from TAPOUT have also confirmed talks with WWE, with TAPOUT’s Skrape tweeting the following message:
While, it’s obvious that talks are very early, it should be interesting how this story develops, especially since the UFC have pretty much turned away all MMA brands from their product. This partnership should be similar to the Reebok and UFC one, where TAPOUT will sponsor both the WWE and their numerous superstars like John Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton.
Originally Posted at TheFightNation.com
The biggest match in, quite possibly, boxing history might go down this year and, according to numerous reports, may be finalized this month.
It’s been long overdue but it does seem that fans might actually get a chance to see Manny Pacquiao face long time rival Floyd Mayweather. According to a report by veteran journalist Gareth A Davies, Manny Pacquiao is hoping to make an announcement before the end of the month.
Many feel that both Pacquiao and Mayweather, who are 36 and 38 years old respectively, are reaching the tail end of their careers and there isn’t much time left to make this fight happen. The fight will most likely be held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both Pacquaio and Mayweather have been very vocal in wanting the fight to take place. Let’s hope both parties can agree to it and give fans what they’ve been longing for for years.
Originally Posted at TheFightNation.com
According to a report by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu website, BJJ Eastern Europe, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be an official sport at the 2018 Asian Games. In the report, it was stated that this was confirmed by respected MMA/ BJJ journalist Mohammed Al Hosani from UAE.
Mohammed Al Hosani reported via his Facebook account:
Many have attributed the rapid rise and acceptance of BJJ in the international sporting community to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He has strong ties with the Ju Jitsu International Federation and the IOC.
The Asian Games is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. It is a huge event that is largely recognized by the IOC as the second largest event besides the Olympics. BJJ being on the Asian Games roster is a huge deal for the sport and something that will definitely bring it closer to its Olympic dream.
We’ll follow this story closely and keep you updated on any further developments.
By: Ben FowlkesDecember 2, 2014 1:30 pm
It was the secret the UFC couldn’t keep, but also couldn’t reveal. Sponsors are out. Reebok is in. Fighter “uniforms” will soon be the norm.
As for those fun little banners peppered with all manner of personal flair? Those are “going to go away,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told reporters on a special media conference call.
It’s about to be a brave new world out there in the octagon. Will it be a better one?
That’s the question a lot of fighters and managers (not to mention clothing and equipment companies) are likely asking themselves this morning. The UFC certainly seems excited about it. Fertitta hailed it as “a landmark deal” in which “Reebok and the UFC are essentially changing the sport’s landscape again.”
UFC Japan is reporting that verbal agreements have been reached between KID Yamamoto and Roman Salazar to meet at UFC 184 on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Norifumi Yamamoto was briefly linked to a fight with Urijah Faber for the UFC’s most recent return to Japan. Instead, he opened up a curry restaurant and continued on teaching at his gym, Yamamoto Sports Academy.
KID’s time in K-1 and Hero’s launched him into the international spotlight. The stand out wrestler and icon of swagger had mixed results in DREAM and through his career in the UFC, where he has lost his last three fights. After three years away, finally he will be heading back to the Octagon and will face Roman Salazar, a 0-1 UFC vet. Salazar was the twice-defending Bantamweight Champion of WFF.
UFC 184 will be headlined by two massive matches, the Middleweight Championship defense by Chris Weidman against For more, Check out the post KID Yamamoto makes his UFC return on February 28, 2015 against Roman Salazar on -MMA in Asia-.
Originally posted at MMAVALOR.com
At UFC 180 in Mexico City this weekend, Mark Hunt took on Fabricio Werdum for the UFC interim heavyweight championship. Werdum was originally scheduled to face off against Cain Velasquez – the whole point of the event being in Mexico – but an injury to the champion saw him forced off the card.
Though Hunt had taken the fight at late notice and wouldn’t have been as prepared as he’d have liked, can we extrapolate from the fact that he was stopped by Fabricio Werdum that his famous chin is waning?
It’s hard to decipher when the circumstances weren’t ideal for The Super Samoan, but the odds on Werdum emerging victorious via KO were staggeringly high – the Brazilian was a huge favourite, with betfair.com having him a firm 1/4 on, but not many saw him using his striking arsenal to nail the Sydney native.
Mark Hunt is the fighter that famously took a prime Cro Cop’s shin to the head and continued; he beckoned on hard-hitter Ray Sefo to punch him in the jaw with no protection. Now, however, he’s been knocked out by a middleweight Melvin Manhoef in K-1, and finished by Junior Dos Santos in the UFC.
Adding to that, a BJJ stylist (albeit with improving striking), in Fabricio Werdum did what few thought he was capable of and hurt Hunt with a knee before ending his night with punches.
In a long career against the best fighters in K-1 history, he was stopped inbetween rounds twice but never knocked out. They say your chin leaves you and the forty year old is no spring chicken, but then you look to his recent war with Bigfoot Silva and still have to maintain the faith that he has it.