Interview: UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Andre Winner v Ryan Edmunson (Full Fight)

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Andre Winner v Ryan Edmunson (Full Fight)

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Full fight footage from August 16th, Phoenix Fight Night showdown between former UFC lightweight Andre Winner and Ryan Edmunson.

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Paul daley v Artjom Mironcev (Full Fight)

Video: Phoenix Fight Night - Paul daley v Artjom Mironcev (Full Fight)

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts

Full fight footage from the main event at August 16th, Phoenix Fight Night where Nottingham's Paul Daley took on Latvian Artjom Moroncev.

Roger Gracie and six other fighters signed to Asia's ONE FC

Roger Gracie tops the bill of seven new fighters signed to Asian promotion ONE FC

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


ONE Fighting Championship have announced the signings of seven new additions to the roster, including grappling superstar, and world renowned Roger Gracie on a multi-fight deal.

ONE FC VP of Operations Matt Hume stated, “I am proud to add 7 very talented international athletes to our world class ONE FC roster. These recent additions include undefeated fighters, Rafael Atilho of Brazil, Warren De Reuck of South Africa, and Michal Pasternack of Poland. Also world class champions Timofey Nastyukhin of the famed Russian Top Team, Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan, and the exciting up and comer from Thailand, Anatpong Bunrad.

I'm also very excited to add one of the greatest grapplers in the game, from MMA's royal family, Roger Gracie. I anticipate major excitement in the ONE FC cage as these fresh international stars and seasoned veterans mix it up in the shark infested waters of the ONE FC cage!”

Roger Gracie is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of all time with multiple world championships in various competitions all across the world. He is the grandson of Carlos Gracie, the creator of BJJ and is a BJJ 2nd degree black belt. He is one of the greatest grapplers to transition to mixed martial arts and is looking to showcase his world-class skills when he competes in Asia for the first time.

Michal Pasternak is a Polish mixed martial artist with an unblemished professional record of ten wins and no losses. Pasternak embraces the diversity of the sport, and his balanced record of knockouts and submissions reflect that. Pasternak will have his hands full with the world-class talent in the light heavyweight division, populated with stars like the aforementioned Gracie, Brandon Vera, James McSweeney and Jake Butler.

Rafael Atilho is an undefeated mixed martial artist who have won six of his seven victories by knocking out his opponent. Atilho is a middleweight who possess devastating power in both his punches and kicks. He has emerged unscathed from the Brazilian mixed martial arts circuit and will now test his skills against the best mixed martial artists in ONE FC.

Warren de Reuck is a South African mixed martial artist who is now based in London, England. He has six victories and no losses. He is trained in Shorin-Ryu Karate and boasts a series of unorthodox strikes in his mixed martial arts arsenal. The South African will now test himself against the likes of Ben Askren and Nobutatsu Suzuki in ONE FC’s stacked welterweight division.

Igor Svirid is a mixed martial artist from Kazakhstan who has competed predominantly in Russia. He has competed nine times in the past fifteen months, winning all of the bouts and racking up an impressive winning streak. The middleweight has both impressive striking and grappling, which he has promised to showcase when he makes his ONE FC debut.

Timofey Nastyukhin is a Russian lightweight with a professional mixed martial arts record of seven wins and one loss. Nastyukhin is an aggressive mixed martial artist who has won all seven of his bouts by first-round finishes. Nastyukhin has developed a reputation as a deadly finisher and will look to continue his string of finishes in ONE FC.

Anatpong Bunrad is a Thai bantamweight currently residing in Belgium. Bunrad’s family moved to Belgium as a child but he maintained his heritage by picking up Muay Thai. He is also a black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate. Bunrad has set his sights on becoming the first MMA world champion of Thai descent and wants to achieve that goal in ONE FC.

ONE FC: REIGN OF CHAMPIONS, will be held on 29 August at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An unprecedented three ONE FC World Championships will be on the line. Shinya Aoki will defend his ONE FC Lightweight World Championship against Kamal Shalorus, Koji Oishi and Narantungalag Jadambaa will clash for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship and Ben Askren will challenge current champion Nobutatsu Suzuki for the ONE FC Welterweight World Championship.

Bellator MMA sign 2013 Female Fighter Of The Year Talita Nogueira

The Bellator women's division continues to grow in depth with latest signing

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Bellator President Scott Coker continues his reinvigoration of Bellator's womens division, and adding to latest signings: Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, Bellator have announced the addition of undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Talita Nogueira (6-0).

The top 10 ranked Featherweight is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion, and will look to make Bellator her new stomping ground.

"Joining Bellator is like a dream come true. Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”

Beginning her MMA career in 2009, “Treta” amassed a 4-0 record before taking time off to focus solely on jiu-jitsu. Nogueira returned to MMA in 2013, picking up two more first round submission victories, and now has the opportunity to compete inside the Bellator cage.

“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”

All 16 fighters make weight for Cage Warriors 71 in Amman, Jordan

Despite recent troubles with fighters making weight, Cage Warriors fighters make a clean sweep in Amman, Jordan

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Jack Hermansson and Deyan Topalski - Dolly Clew for CWFC
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship returns to the Jordanian capital of Amman for the third time in 2014, with CWFC 71 set to go emanate from the King Hussein Boxing Arena tomorrow.

The main event has the CWFC middleweight world title on the line, as Jack Hermansson (8-2) makes his first defence since beating Norman Paraisy at Super Saturday, against challenger Deyan Topalski (11-2).

Also on the billing, a highly anticipated featherweight clash between former title challengers Martin Svensson (13-5) and Dave Hill (12-3).

All 16 fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt this afternoon at Le Meridien Hotel in Amman.

CWFC 71 takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 22, at the King Hussein Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Middleweight title: Deyan Topalski (184.8lbs) vs. Jack Hermansson (185lbs)
Featherweight: Martin Svensson (146lbs) vs. Dave Hill (145.7lbs)
Welterweight: Jonatan Westin (170.6lbs) vs. Jack Mason (170.3lbs)
Catchweight: Megan van Houtum (136.5lbs) vs. Pannie Kianzad (139.5lbs)
Featherweight: Gaetano Pirrello (145.5lbs) vs. Arnold Allen (145lbs)
Bantamweight: Lina Akhtar Länsberg (134.8lbs) vs. Laura Howarth (134.8lbs)
Welterweight: Ant Davies (168.1lbs) vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi (169.8lbs)
Flyweight: Coner Hignett (125.2lbs) vs. Nawras Abzakh (123.7lbs)

VIDEO: UFC Fight Night Stockholm tickets go on sale tomorrow

Tickets for UFC Fight Night Sweden go on sale 9am on the 22nd of August

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA


Gunnar Nelson headlines his first event, as he faces UFC veteren Rick "The Horror" Story in a Welterweight contest. In the co-main event, Sweden's own Akira Corassani faces off against The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung at Featherweight. 

Elsewhere on the card, former BAMMA Middlewieght champion Scott Askham makes his UFC debut against Magnus Cedenblad. 

Tickets for the event will go on sale at 9AM BST on August 22nd only on AXS.com

You can watch the official promo video below: 

Andre Winner Takes to Twitter to Refute Claims He's Ducking Mansour Barnaoui

Winner is adamant that the fight didn't happen due to financial reasons

by Chris Houten - @mrhouts


Top 5 ranked British lightweight, Andre Winner has taken to twitter to refute claims he is ducking Bamma's currently lightweight champion, rising French star Mansour Barnaoui.

Earlier in the week a BAMMA press release went out announcing Barnaoui would be fighting at BAMMA 16, September 13. The press release included a statement that the promotion had hope to make Barnaoui vs Winner for the lightweight title, but Winner turned down the fight with Barnaoui saying, "Andre Winner was one of the logical challengers for the BAMMA belt, but he has avoided and then refused this opportunity several times. Winner fears to fight a kid like me."

Winner has now hit back at the suggestion he is afraid to face Barnaoui, citing pay as his reason for turning down the fight:
"@92_mansour has been fed lies,if bamma or any1 else wants to offer a decent deal then the: fight is on!u can fight for slave wages but im not."

"@92_mansour aint no1 bothered bout u,im enjoying my life ,i fought 6 times this year already while ur tryna stir some hype to get a fight."
Former UFC fighter Winner is currently enjoying one of the best spells of his career, riding a 4 fight win streak. He most recently competed in, and won an 8 man, 1 night, winner takes all tournament at AON 6 defeating Jordan Miller, Stephen Martin, and and Artem Lobov to take the £15,000 prize money. He is next scheduled to compete at AON 7 in the promotions welterweight tournament.