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Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as Bellator Heavyweight Grand-Prix alternates

The eight-man tournament field was finalized months ago, but it wasn’t until now we had any information regarding the inevitable alternates. Last night following Bellator 192 at The Forum, Bellator President Scott Coker announced that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala would serve as alternates in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand-Prix. Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as Bellator Grand-Prix alternates Cheick Kongo (27-10-2) has won a very solid five straight fights, including wins over Augusto Sakai, Tony Johnson Jr., and Alexander Volkov. Despite the solid streak, Kongo has not picked up a win via finish since September of 2014 where he...

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Amir Aliakbari debuts at ACB 84 in Azerbaijan

Amir Aliakbari suplexes Heath Herring (Getty Images) The Iranian heavyweight beast Amir Aliakbari announced his departure from RIZIN to sign with ACB just last month. And finally, a debut has been announced. Aliakbari will face two-time M-1 title-challenger Denis Smoldarev. ACB March 23 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan against Croatian Denis Smolderov — Amir Aliakbari (@IranHWbeast) January 20, 2018 Amir Aliakbari debuts at ACB 84 in Azerbaijan Multiple-time Greco-Roman wrestling world champion, Amir Aliakbari (7-1) enters the bout following back-to-back first-round knockout wins against Tyler King and Brazilian veteran Geronimo dos Santos under the RIZIN banner. This came after his...

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Bellator 192 Results

Bellator MMA event poster (courtesy of Bellator.com) After over a month away, Bellator MMA is back with their first show of 2018. Live from the Great Wester Forum in Inglewood, California, Bellator MMA brings a stacked card to the Paramount Network tonight. In the main event, the Bellator MMA Heavyweight Grand-Prix kicks off as light heavyweights turned heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen. The co-main event features an incredible title fight between reigning welterweight king Douglas Lima and former UFC title-challenger Rory MacDonald. Rounding out the main card; former lightweight champion Michael Chandler returns...

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Michal Materla returns against Scott Askham at KSW 42

KSW has announced another fight for their stacked KSW 42 show in March. One of the promotion’s top draws and best talents, Michal Materla returns yet again to take on UK star Scott Askham. Michal Materla returns against Scott Askham at KSW 42 Michal “Cipao” Materla (25-5) has long been considered one of the very best under the KSW banner. With a stellar record of 16-3 in the promotion, the KSW legend is a former longtime middleweight champion. After multiple title defenses against the likes of Kendall Grove, Jay Silva, Rodney Wallace, and Tomasz Drwal, he faced another KSW...

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ACB 78 Recap: 16-second main event, Raisov stops Healy, and Makhazhiev taps Lapilus with a calf-slicer

ACB 78: Young Eagles went down today from Grozny, Chechnya. People have come to expect violence from these always stellar ACB shows, and today was no different! ACB 78 will, however, mark the last time the promotion will hold a “Young Eagles” show. As the typically prospect-riddled Young Eagles events will now apparently become a separate promotion/entity. Regardless, there was plenty of action to showcase. If you’re impatient, have no fear. ACB always uploads a very convenient quick video showcases all the finishes. Here is said video for ACB 78! TWO MINS. EVERY FINISH! #ACB78 pic.twitter.com/K3ukZ6xOhl — #ACB79 (@ACB_League) January...

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Patricky Pitbull vs. Derek Campos II added to Bellator 194

Ater three failed attempts to book the rematch in the last couple years, Patricky Pitbull and Derek Campos are scheduled to meet once again at Bellator 194. The lightweight rematch was announced by Bellator MMA on Friday. Patricky Pitbull vs. Derek Campos II added to Bellator 194 Bellator MMA mainstay, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (18-8) enters the contest having won two of the biggest fights of his career. In his last outing, he outpointed former UFC & WEC lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson at Bellator 183 in September of 2017. Prior to this, he rebounded from a rough KO loss against Michael Chandler by...

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Interim Flyweight Championship fight tops ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, 26 January. ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES is set to showcase the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio will take on Kairat Akhmetov for the interim ONE Flyweight World Championship. Ticket information for ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES is available at www.onefc.com. Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship stated: “This is the first in four blockbuster events in Manila in 2018, and ONE Championship...

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Grappling Super-Match amongst newest additions to stacked ONE: Kings of Courage card

Photo via ONE Championship ONE Championship has added multiple phenomenal bouts to their stacked ONE: Kings of Courage show on January 20! Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship stated: “I am super excited to announce Tiffany Teo versus Xiong Jing Nan at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE in Jakarta. It is our first global broadcast of 2018 and we are going big. The two women are exemplary martial artists who compete at the highest level of skill. It should be an exciting bout for all the fans watching, and at the end of the night, we will be...

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Champion vs. Champion superfight headlines KSW 42 in March

KSW middleweight champion Mamed Khalidov is in his second-straight title vs. title superfight, this time fighting up a division when he takes on KSW light heavyweight king; Tomasz Narkun. The bout was announced via press release late Sunday night. Mamed Khalidov vs. Tomasz Narkun No stranger to the title vs. title superfights; Mamed Khalidov (34-4-2) enters the contest most recently defeating then KSW welterweight king Borys Mankowski in a title vs. title headlining bout at KSW 39 last May in front of an incredible 58,000 people. Prior to this, Khalidov had finished 30 of his professional victories. He is...

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Liam McGeary returns vs. Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 194

Photo via Bellator MMA A pivotal and highly intriguing light heavyweight contest has been added to Bellator MMA’s February visit to Uncasville, Connecticut. Bellator 194 will feature a 205-pound clash between former champion Liam McGeary and rising Team Fedor prospect Vadim Nemkov. Nemkov confirmed the news to Russian media late Friday night. Liam McGeary returns vs. Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 194 Fighting out of New Jersey by way of Norfolk, England; Liam McGeary (12-2) will return to the Bellator MMA cage after being forced out of his previously booked match-up at Bellator 185. Originally set to fight King Mo...

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Shamrock FC kicks off the new year with an action-packed Shamrock FC 301

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter After a very solid run in the 2017 calendar year, Shamrock Fighting Championships looks to kick off the new year with a bang! The promotion opens up the new year with Shamrock FC 301, which goes down at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri on January 20. The loaded Shamrock FC 301 will feature a main event featuring TUF 17 alumni, Adam Cella, as he takes on Strikeforce veteran Coltin Cole. The bout will be a rematch of their 2017 contest in which Coltin Cole was declared the winner after the referee stopped...

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Kyoji Horiguchi, Kanna Asakura, and Tenshin Nasukawa close out 2017 with RIZIN Grand-Prix wins

©RIZIN FF RIZIN closes out the year with arguably the best MMA event of 2017. Their typical double-header featured incredible action, with three separate one-night tournaments taking place on the final night of the year. Check out full results of Night 1 here, and find out the full results of Night 2 here. Here is a breakdown of all the tournament action for those who didn’t have the pleasure of watching! Bantamweight Grand-Prix Winner: Kyoji Horiguchi Runner-Up: Shintaro Ishiwatari ©RIZIN FF Kyoji Horiguchi is almost unanimously considered to be the #2 flyweight in the world, only behind Demetrious “Mighty...

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RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017: Final Round – Live Results

RIZIN is back!! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not because of Christmas. RIZIN’s December double-feature is back and in full form. Two stacked nights of fights, three different tournaments, and multiple legends return. All in the span of three days. We saw the 2nd round two nights ago, and if you missed it click here to check out the full results! This time around, we move to the semi-finals of bantamweight grand-prix. We’ll also see the atomweight grand-prix semi-finals, as well as the kickboxing grand-prix semi-finals. In the men’s bantamweight grand-prix we will see...

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RIZIN Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals Recap

©RIZIN FF Tonight at RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017: Final Round, we will see the semi-finals and finals of three separate one-night tournaments. One of those tournaments will, of course, be the men’s bantamweight tournament. Check out a quick recap of all four quarter-final bouts that took place yesterday morning. If you’re in a hurry and want to see the quick results for these + seven non-tournament fights; click here! Kyoji Horiguchi def. Gabriel Oliveira via TKO1 ©RIZIN FF In the night’s main event, fan-favorite Japanese striker Kyoji Horiguchi advanced to the bantamweight tournament semi-finals with a first-round TKO...

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RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017: 2nd Round – Live Results + Stream

RIZIN is back!! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not because of Christmas. RIZIN’s December double-feature is back and in full form. Two stacked nights of fights, three different tournaments, and multiple legends return. All in the span of three days. But first up; the RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017: 2nd Round! When the card opens with Satoru Kitaoka… you know you’re in for one hell of a night. We will see the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight grand-prix take place. Some names in that bracket include Kyoji Horiguchi, Ian McCall, and Shintaro Ishiwatari. A...

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Takafumi Otsuka talks training with mostly kickboxers ahead of quarter-final bout against “monster” Khalid Taha

Takafumi Otsuka speaks to media in Japan (Photo via RIZIN Fighting Federation) This week RIZIN Fighting Federation held open workouts for all of the RIZIN Bantamweight Grand-Prix quarter-finalists. DEEP champion Takafumi Otsuka (23-13-1, 1NC) focused on very light sparring for the media in Japan, explaining that it was an “easier” option than hitting pads or really showing off his improved striking. The media in attendance got nothing new from Otsuka, who claims he has been primarily working with kickboxers leading up to December 29. “I have been sparring with kickboxers such as Krush -67kg Champion Keita Makihira, Yutaro Yamauchi and Takumi Tosaka along with...

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Shintaro Ishiwatari putting everything on the line in RIZIN Grand-Prix, just “hopes to be alive” on New Year’s Day

Shintaro Ishiwatari speaks to media in Japan (Photo via RIZIN Fighting Federation) This week RIZIN Fighting Federation held open workouts for all of the RIZIN Bantamweight Grand-Prix quarter-finalists. Pancrase champion Shintaro Ishiwatari will return to the RIZIN ring following a successful promotional debut in October. The win over Fight Night Global’s Akhmed Muskaev placed him the bantamweight grand-prix quarter-finals vs. Kevin Petshi. If he advances, two potential opponents include Takafumi Otsuka and Kyoji Horiguchi, two men Ishiwatari has faced in the past – defeating Otsuka and losing to Horiguchi. With two potential foes in the room, Ishiwatari told media in...

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