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Author: Mike Skytte

Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader fight for heavyweight gold at The Forum in January

The conclusion to the year-long Bellator Heavyweight Grand-Prix is finally upon us. As the greatest fighter in the division’s storied history, Fedor Emelianenko faces current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion; Ryan Bader. The dream matchup takes place on Saturday, January 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The promotion announced the news early Tuesday. Fedor Emelianenko & @RyanBader meet in the finals of the #BellatorWGP Jan 26th at @TheForum in Los Angeles. Presale begins Wednesday on https://t.co/Vaz4tapQg5 and https://t.co/eHO16iDdOb pic.twitter.com/TQropgxRGn — Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 16, 2018 Fighting out of Stary Oskol, Russia, Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1NC) is bonafide mixed...

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Eddie Alvarez signs with ONE Championship

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Eddie Alvarez celebrates after defeating Justin Gaethje in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) After nearly a month of rumors, anticipation, and speculation, we have finally received an official announcement regarding the future of Eddie Alvarez. And in the words of the man himself; “The Underground King” is headed to ONE Championship. The official announcement came late Monday night via the social media accounts of ONE CEO, Chatri Sityodtong. Please join me...

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Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Taiki Naito II set for RISE 129

(© RIZIN FF) The kickboxing phenom is back! 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa returns against a familiar face at RISE 129. Yesterday at a press conference in Japan, RISE announced a good amount of fights for their 129th installment on November 17. And among them was a highly-anticipated rematch between Tenshin Nasukawa and Taiki Naito. In what will be his second fight since turning 20-years-old in August, Tenshin Nasukawa returns to the ring hot off a fantastic fight and victory over MMA star Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 13. Now 27-0, he returns to RISE following a very close decision win against...

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Korean promotion ‘Double G FC’ debuts on November 18, Dongi Yang faces the returning Paul Cheng in a heavyweight main event

A few days ago, news came out of South Korea declaring the birth of a new mixed martial arts organization; Double G FC. The promotion will hold their inaugural show at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea. And the main event has been revealed. MMASucka has learned from sources close to the fight that Canada’s Paul “Typhoon” Cheng will come out of his three-year long retirement to face former UFC middleweight contender Dongi “The Ox” Yang, who has also not fought in three years, in a heavyweight headliner. Korean promotion ‘Double G’ debuts on November 18, Dongi Yang...

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Michael Chandler gets title rematch vs. Brent Primus at special ‘Salute the Troops’ show in Hawaii

Bellator has added another show to their upcoming Hawaiian weekend, making it a Hawaii double-header. The organization has partnered with the USO for a special live event on December 14. This happening the night prior to Bellator 211 in the same venue, Brent Primus defends his lightweight title against Michael Chandler. “Having worked with the Army Combatives Program to evaluate and update their combat readiness, I have long respected the military and their courage,” said Royce Gracie, MMA Legend and Bellator Ambassador. “When I found out we were doing an event in Hawaii, knowing the large military population there,...

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Alessio Sakara becomes Brand Ambassador, headlines Bellator’s debut in Genoa, Italy

Bellator has announced that the organization will host their first event in Genoa, Italy on December 1 from the RDS Stadium. The show will be headlined by Italian legend Alessio Sakara (20-12, 2NC) as he takes on Kent Kauppinen (10-4) in a light heavyweight main event. Bellator Kickboxing will also be represented on this show as well! The co-headliner sees Bellator Kickboxing Featherweight Champion, Gabriel Varga (16-6), put his title on the line against Genoa’s own Shan Cangelosi (10-6). Having held previous events in Rome, Florence, and Turin, this will mark Bellator’s sixth overall trip to Italy. ALESSIO SAKARA...

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Marcel Adur, Velimurad Alkhasov clash for inaugural flyweight title at Brave 18

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Team Alkhasov. (Photo via Brave Combat Federation) Brave Combat Federation will introduce the flyweight championship to the organization very soon. Marcel Adur and Velimurad Alkhasov vie for the strap to become the first 125-lb champion in promotional history. Adur (14-4) of Brazil brings his near-twenty-fight record to the cage in what will be his fourth Brave appearance. He is currently 3-0 in the organization with three-straight knockouts. The former Noxii Combat title-holder has eleven knockout wins in his career and has never lost via stoppage. Opposite him will be undefeated sambo stud Velimurad Alkhasov...

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Brave 17: Full Card Announced

Brave Combat Federation has announced the full fight card for Brave 17, an event hosted later this month in Pakistan. The show takes place on October 27 at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan. This will be the first international mixed martial arts event held in the country. Athletes from many nations will compete on the show, as Brave 17 will become the most broadcasted combat sports event in the history of sports in Pakistan. The night’s main event will feature a clash between Brazil and Russia, as Rodrigo Cavalheiro will face Abdoul Abdouraguimov. The Brazilian, Cavalheiro,...

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Opinion: Khabib Nurmagomedov Did Nothing Wrong

Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; Khabib Nurmagomedov during the post fight press conference following his victory over Conor McGregor in their UFC lightweight championship fight during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images) Fists were thrown. Cages were jumped. Lines were crossed. The MMA world is still processing the madness that took place immediately following Khabib Nurmagomedov finishing Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The post-fight brawl in and around the cage has gone mainstream, hitting the front page of popular websites and magazines outside of the sport. Everyone and their...

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Five Stars of RIZIN 13

Haruo Ochi lifts Mitsuhisa Sunabe for the slam at RIZIN 13. (RIZIN FF) After a little over a month and a half away, RIZIN Fighting Federation returned over the weekend with their biggest card to date; RIZIN 13. The twelve-fight card was absolutely loaded with twelve fantastic bouts as nearly 28,000 fans filled the Saitama Super Arena. Check out my monster recap of the event that clocked in at 6,500 words! We saw the biggest fight in Japanese history, we saw a legend move his historic career-best win streak to nine, we saw the sister of “KID” Yamamoto win...

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Conor McGregor training partner Frans Mlambo returns vs. Aidan James at Brave 17

Frans Mlambo (Photo via Brave Combat Federation) Aidan James will make his return to Brave CF on October 27 at Brave 17 as he faces former title-challenger Frans Mlambo. The bantamweight fighter out of Wales, James faced Tommy Martin at Brave 13 hosted in Belfast. It was a clear victory for James heading into round three where he wound up scoring the (T)KO win, claiming a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. At 23-years-old as he prepares to make his bantamweight debut – dropping from featherweight – James is undefeated with two knockout wins in his pro...

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Enrique Marin, “Wasabi,” makes Combate Americas debut in Guadalajara

Combate Americas has announced its debut in Guadalajara, Mexico, with a star-studded MMA event headlined by an explosive lightweight showdown. Knockout-artist Marco Elipido (7-3-1) welcomes TUF, UFC veteran Enrique Marin (11-5) to Combate. The show, officially dubbed ‘Combate Americas: La Batalla de Guadalajara’, will take place at the Complejo Nissan de Gimnasia in Guadalajara on October 26. Also announced was a bantamweight feature fight between Victor Hugo “El Periquito” (6-2) of Guadalajara and Christian “El Taylon” Quinonez (12-2) of Zacatecas. And at flyweight, unbeaten stud Edgar Chairez (4-0) of Mexicali will fight a hometown boy in the form of Axel Osuna...

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RIZIN 13 Recap: Typhoons, Emotional Tributes, and a Landmark RIZIN Event

Horiguchi and Tenshin post-fight. (© RIZIN FF) RIZIN 13 Recap: Typhoons, Emotional Tributes, and a Landmark RIZIN Event. Well, the most highly-anticipated RIZIN Fighting Federation show in history came and went on Sunday morning. And what a show RIZIN 13 was. We saw some legends return, we saw Miyuu Yamamoto take the ring just 12 days after her brother’s unfortunate death, we saw one of the biggest fights in the history of Japan, but perhaps more than anything else, we saw blockbuster fights, finishes, and performances. Here it is, from the opening fight of the night to the final...

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RIZIN 13 Results + Livestream

© RIZIN FF RIZIN Fighting Federation is back with their most stacked offering to date! Check out the RIZIN 13 results below. Nearly two months after their great RIZIN 12 show from Nagoya, the promotion heads back to the Saitama Super Arena for a stacked RIZIN 13 show. In what will be the most attended RIZIN Fighting Federation show to date, the company heads back to the venue for the tenth time. Compared to past shows in Saitama, this is by far the most highly-anticipated fight card – and for good reason. RIZIN 13 Results + Livestream In the...

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RIZIN 13 Weigh-In Results + Fighter Quotes

© RIZIN FF RIZIN 13 Weigh-In Results + Fighter Quotes. The most anticipated event in RIZIN FF history is finally almost upon us! Tonight and well into the early hours of Sunday morning, RIZIN 13 goes down live from a packed Saitama Super Arena. The show is sold out, and with over 25,000 people in attendance, RIZIN plans to put on their best show to date. The Japanese fight scene has not posted an attendance of this caliber since 2011 Yarennoka held on New Year’s Eve. Despite the card being genuinely stacked from top to bottom, it is the main...

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SBG welterweight Cian Cowley extends contract with Brave CF

Cian Cowley celebrates win against Daniel Olejniczak at Brave 13. (Photo via Brave Combat Federation) Cian Cowley, a prospect out of the famed SBG gym, has extended his contract with Brave CF. THE WARRIOR IS BACK.@CianCowley 🇮🇪#BraveCF #IrishMMA #MMA pic.twitter.com/eaqCYK18nh — BRAVE CF (@bravemmaf) September 21, 2018 The welterweight from Straight Blast Gym Ireland had competed at Brave 13 in Belfast, defeating Poland-based athlete Daniel Olejniczak via first-round TKO. Brave took a gamble on a then 0-1 Cowley by signing him and having him face 2-1-1 Olejniczak. The IMMAF vet made the most of his opportunity and won regardless....

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Boxing star Amanda Serrano returns to MMA next month

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 30: Amanda Serrano (blue tape) is sent to a neutral corner by referee Benjy Esteves after dropping Calixta Silgado at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough New York on July 30, 2016. Serrano would win by tko in the first round. (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images) Combate Americas has announced another bout for their ‘Mexico vs. USA’ show next month. Six-division boxing champion Amanda Serrano (0-0-1) will square off with former Mexican kickboxing champion Erendira Ordonez (2-1) in a flyweight bout. The bout between “The Real Deal” and “Aketzaly” will co-headline ‘Combate Americas:...

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RIZIN 13 bout order confirmed, Nakamura/Kape opens show as Tekken tourney takes over intermission

Manel Kape makes the walk prior to facing Kai Asakura at RIZIN 10. © RIZIN FF Officially locked in at 12 fights, the RIZIN 13 bout order has been confirmed. As expected, the main event of the evening will feature Kyoji Horiguchi taking on Tenshin Nasukawa in a kickboxing contest. The co-main event of the evening sees an atomweight rematch featuring Miyuu Yamamoto and Andy Nguyen. Preceding this will be an intermission. All things considered, with KID being a massive mentor and influence on Horiguchi’s life and career, while, of course, being the brother of Miyuu, expect incredibly emotional...

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RIZIN CONFESSIONS #22: Lead-up to RIZIN 13

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Kyoji Horiguchi, from RIZIN CONFESSIONS #22 RIZIN CONFESSIONS is back with RIZIN CONFESSIONS #22! In the most recent installment, #22 sees the focus shift solely to the lead-up of RIZIN 13 next weekend. The last episode featured lots of Tenshin/Horiguchi talk, a prime spot regarding Osunaarashi’s debut, and an emotional moment with Miyuu Yamamoto. This new ‘CONFESSIONS’ sees even more focus on Tenshin/Horiguchi, a spotlight on upcoming debutant Taiga, a little bit of the Asakura Brothers, and a brief piece on Mirko Cro Cop. Running just over twenty-eight minutes, this episode is a...

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Sitthichai defends lightweight title vs. Canada’s Josh Jauncey in New York

Siithichai is back! Glory returns to New York on November 2, as the historic Hammerstein Ballroom plays host to GLORY 61. The event marks the promotion’s sixth event in the Big Apple and second event at the venue which previously hosted GLORY 9 back in 2013. GLORY Lightweight Champion, one of the world’s top strikers, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (120-30-5, 23KO) will look to represent Thailand as he showcases his skills in the main event of GLORY 61 against #3 ranked challenger Josh Jauncey (29-8, 15KO) out of Canada. The main event match-up features two of the world’s most dynamic strikers...

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