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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Video: Diego Nunes scores brutal knockout over Joachim Hansen in Sweden

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Former WEC, UFC and Bellator featherweight Diego Nunes (19-6) scored an incredible knockout victory over Joachim Hansen at Superior Challenge 11 in Sodertalje, Sweden this night, Saturday 29th November.

Nunes, who is coming off three losses, which included back-to-back defeats in Bellator, returned to winning ways after knocking out Norwegian Hansen in the second round of their fight to claim the SC featherweight title.

You can watch the crazy knock out below:

After 66 fights Over a 17 Year Period, Yves Edwards Announces his Retirement

After 66 fights Over a 17 Year Period, Yves Edwards Announces his Retirement

by Chris Houten - @ChrisHoutenMMA

One of the most distinguished lightweights in MMA, Yves Edwards has called a time on his career after 17 years as a pro. Winless in five fights and was recently submitted by Akbarh Arreola at UFC Fight Night 57, Edwards announced on his official Facebook page he was hanging up his 4 oz gloves
"I've thought about how to say this for a week now, but there's no better way than to just do it. So here goes; 1st I'd like to say thank you to all the people that I've met through and because of fighting, friends, training partners, coaches, fight fans, doctors and even some promoters/matchmakers. A lot of you guys have always shown me nothing but love and I really appreciate that." said Edwards.

"Fighting has been a part of my life ever since I was 17 and that makes this a hard pill to swallow but it's time for me to end this chapter and move on to the next part of my life. So thank you again to all the people that have supported me through this, whether it was through cheers, training, coaching or anything else at all."
A pro since since 1997, the 38-year old from the Bahamas has had an illustrious career fighting all over the world with promotions such as Pride, UFC, WEC, Elite XC, and Bellator. Widely considered the best 155lber in the world in his prime, Edwards holds notable wins over Jeremy Stephens, Josh Thomson, Pete Spratt and many more.

He retire with an overall record of 42-22-1 with 1 no contest picking up 33 finishes - 16 by TKO / KO and 17 by submission, in his career.

Shinya Aoki Added to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014

Shinya Aoki Added to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014

by Chris Houten - @ChrisHoutenMMA

Shinya Aoki will be fighting on New Years Eve for the 9th time in his career when he takes on Yuki Yamamoto at Inoki Bom-Ba Ye 2014. IGF held a press conference earlier in the week in Tokyo to officially announce the participation of the current ONE FC lightweight champion.

Inoki Bom-Ba Ye 2014 takes place December 31st, at Ryogoku Kokugikan, in Tokyo, Japan.  The Event is headlined by a rematch between Mirko Cro Cop and Satoshi Ishii, and features a mix of MMA bouts and Pro Wrestling match ups.

A legend in Japanese MMA Aoki fights for just the second time in 2014, with his only previous bout this year being against Kamal Shalorus at ONE FC 19 - Reign of Champions where Aoki won the promotions lightweight title. Widely considered one of the best submission artists in MMA, Aoki brings a 36-6 record with 24 submission victories into the the bout with notable victories over Antonio McKee, Rob McCullough, Rich Clementi, Eddie Alvarez, Caol Uno and more. Currently ridding a 6-fight win streak, Aoki fights on New Years Eve for the 9th time in his 11 year career, and have yet to lose on the date.

Fighting out Paraestra Chiba Gym, Yamamoto fights for the 16th time in his career, having a massed a 6-6-3 record. A dynamic striker, the 26-year old began his career with ZST before moving to Grachan where he picked up the biggest win of his career knocking out Toshikatsu Harada in the first round at Grachan 12. In all 6 of his career wins, Yamamoto has never been the distance stopping all his opponents by TKO / KO.

With the addition of Aoki vs Yamamoto, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 now includes:
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs Satoshi Ishii
  • Shinya Aoki vs Yuki Yamamoto
  • Chris Barnett vs Shinichi Suzukawa
  • Yusuke Kawaguchi vs Justin Willis
  • Takaaki Oban vs Yusuke Masuda
  • Tsuyoshi Kurihara vs Ryo Sakai
Stay tuned to for all the latest on Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014

MMA makes groundbreaking move in Melbourne, Australia

by Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

After years of teasing potential "super" events in Melbourne, Australia, which included a possible visit to the 50,000 capacity Etihad Stadium, it seems that mixed martial arts has finally made a break through in the merry old land of Oz after the latest state election results.

The hurdle that stood in way of the UFC invading Melbourne was the state government of Victoria;
which prevented MMA contests from taking place in octagons, pentagons, decagons, any sort of caged battle zone.

Victoria’s Labor Party promised to overturn the ban against caged fighting environments should they get into power, as the Labour Party's Daniel Andrews was successfully elected this week.

The "Click for Vic" social media campaign was launched by UFC officials in 2013, with the premise of educating a change in the policy.

UFC Director of Operations for Australia, New Zealand and Canada Tom Wright stated in 2013 (via MMA Junkie): “This year alone, the UFC will hold more than 30 events around the world and close to 400 individual competitions, all held in a safe, fenced-in enclosure.

“Our first priority is the safety of our athletes and what we won’t do – and never will – is hold an event in a boxing ring.”

It has been rumoured the promotion are targeting a Nov. 15 date at Etihad Stadium, with a title fight expected to serve in the main event per MMA Junkie.

UK's Ed Arthur Remains Undefeated Winning Bantamweight Title at Superior Challenge 11 in Sweden

UK's Ed Arthur Remains Undefeated Winning Bantamweight Title at Superior Challenge 11 in Sweden

by Chris Houten - @ChrisHoutenMMA

Bubbling UK prospect, Ed Arthur has defeated Martin Akhtar in Sweden to capture the Superior Challenge Bantamweight title. With the likes of Luke Barnatt, Brad Pickett, Ross Pearson, and Michael Bisping all losing in recent weeks, undefeated Arthur (5-0) has shown UK MMA still has a bright future by defeated tough Sweden Akhtar in his home country to win the 135lb strap.

The opening frame start with Arthur catching a nice takedown on his Swedish opponent. Akhtar was able to defend well though, getting the fight back to the feet and landing a take down of his own. Arthur showed he was just as versed in defense as he is in attack quickly getting up from Akhtar's takedown before landing another takedown. Arthur began working on the ground moving into side-control where he went for a guillotine but failed to secure it. Arthur continued to work from Akhtar's guard to see out the opening round.

Round two starts with the fighters pushing the action against the cage and to the ground, where they fought for top posistion. Arthur worked his way to Akhtar's back and tried for a rear-naked-choke but gave it up in favour of a full mount. After landing some shots, Arthur moved back to the back of Akhtar again looking for the rear-naked-choke but Akhtar was wise to it and defended well, managing to stand up.  As the round went on Akhtar caught Arthur with an elbow to the back of the head just before the round finished which the referee took a point from Akhtar for.

The final round start with Arthur securing an early takedown where he was able to find the back of Akhtar once more. after peppering the Swede with some shots, Arthur went for the choke once more. Akhtar defends well again and manages to get to his feet and land a solid knee in the forehead of Arthur before Brit takes him down once more. The round ends with with a struggle for position on the ground which Arthur got the better of.

With a unanimous decision win over Akhtar, Arthur moves to 5-0 in his professional career and is likely to have a big 2015 as the bantamweight champion of rising Swedish promotion, Superior Challenge, a promotion who has has already had big name fighters on the cards such as: Efrain Escudero, Danny Mitchel, Ilir Latifi, Marcus Davis, Jeremy Horn, and many more, in just 11 fight cards.

Also on the card, former UFC featherweight Diego Nunes knocked out Joachim Hansen to claim the promotions featherweight title, and former BAMMA title challenger Max Nunes defeated Patrick Vallee by unanimous decision.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Phil Davis vs Ryan Bader added to UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm, Sweden

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

UFC® Fight Night Stockholm, which went on sale today, is fast becoming the must-see event of 2015 and the event just got even bigger, as the UFC today announced the latest world-class match up, Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader.

As no. 5 ranked Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis (13-2-0) vs. no. 8 ranked Ryan “Darth” Bader (19-4-0) is added to the roster, alongside Gustafsson vs. Johnson and Henderson vs. Mousasi, the event will see six of the UFC’s® finest light heavyweight contenders go to battle on Saturday 24th January at the Tele2 Arena.

Both fighters have recently made waves in the light heavyweight division with wins over Glover Teixeira and Ovince St. Preux respectively. With Davis, fighting out of San Diego USA, winning four of his last five match ups and Bader, fighting out of Temple AZ, USA, having a three fight win streak behind him, both athletes will be looking to solidify their position on January 24th as one of the top ranked fighters in the light heavyweight division.

“I'm going out to get this win and that is exactly what is going to happen” says Bader. “Phil is a great fighter and a win against him will keep my momentum going in 2015.”

“I'm excited to fight in front of the passionate fans of Sweden” Bader continues. “The fans there are amazing, I can't imagine how electric the stadium will be. I'll be looking forward to feeding off of the crowd and putting on a good show for these fans.”

As well as focusing on his own matchup, Bader will have a close eye on the headline bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson:

“This is a great fight between two amazing fighters in our division and I will be watching as a fan of the UFC just like everyone else in the stadium. I'm looking forward to it!”

Tickets for the historic UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON event are available to the general public from today via and are priced from 500SEK.

VIP Experience packages are also on sale and include the opportunity to step inside the Octagon™ and raise the UFC championship belt, coveted floor seats, hospitality and an official event poster signed by the fighters.

The event will be broadcast live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with Prelims starting at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1.

All bouts are subject to final approval from the Swedish MMA Federation. All bouts live and subject to change.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Kane Mousah forced out of BAMMA 17 clash with Marc Diakiese due to injury, replacement being sought

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

Credit: BAMMA/Richard Blackburn

One of the most anticipated bouts for BAMMA 17 in Manchester is no longer as Kane Mousah has been forced to withdraw from his lightweight clash against Marc Diakiese due to a crucial ligament injury to his knee. BAMMA officials have confirmed that a replacement is currently being sought.

Mousah (6-0) most recently fought at FCC 11 where he defeated Hayden Critchfield via rear naked choke in round number one. The first round has been something of a trademark for the rough house lightweight as he racked up four straight first round finishes whilst fighting on FCC.

Diakiese is also unbeaten, holding a 5-0 record. He last fought at BAMMA 16 defeating Jefferson George via Unanimous Decision.

With both fighters being highly touted prospects, it's no surprise that this bout was one of the most anticipated on the card.

When the news broke tonight, Mousah called for the bout with Diakiese to be re scheduled for BAMMA 19 in Blackpool on March 28th.

"Marc Diakiese, you need to stay focused and sharp- otherwise I'm gonna hurt you real bad" 

Introducing... Cory McKenna

by Ben Heather @benheather

To become a British champion at one martial art is very impressive and deserves a lot of credit. However, to become the British and English Muay Thai champion as well as a British champion at BJJ is incredible and that is exactly what Cory McKenna has done at only 15 years old. Add in to this the fact that she also competes in boxing and MMA and you start to get an understanding of the dedication this athlete puts in to improving her skills.

At just 15 years old McKenna is one of the top prospects for the future of UK MMA and is certainly a name to remember. McKenna started out trying her hand at karate and after a few years of training decided to up her training by taking up Muay Thai and BJJ as well. In the two years she has been training both disciplines she has already been crowned British champion in both.

Earlier this year McKenna had her first amateur MMA fight at BCMMA 8 which she won via third round TKO. It was a very dominant display and she controlled the fight for the majority of the three rounds before finally getting the finish late in the third round.

Training out of BKK Fighters McKenna is coached by and trains with some of the best fighters in the UK with guys like Jack Mason, Arnold Allen, Sean Carter and Jason Cooledge helping her with her amateur career it is no wonder we are looking at a star of the future.

Unfortunately Cory will not be competing this weekend now as her planned fight in Belfast has been postponed until February.

VIDEO: UFC Fight Night Stockholm: Gustafsson vs Johnson Trailer

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit UFC
Watch below the new trailer for UFC Fight Night Stockholm: Gustafsson vs Johnson which takes place January 24th 2015 in  Stockholm, Sweden from the Tele2 Arena which is expected to hold in excess of 30,000 spectators for Europe's biggest ever MMA event.

Charles Rosa set to meet Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs Siver

by Ben Heather @benheather

Credit: UFC

The UFC's return to Boston is starting to take shape as a featherweight battle between Charles Rosa (9-1) and Sean Soriano (8-2) has been added to the event.

Rosa made his UFC debut stepping in on short notice against the always tough Dennis Siver, in what many thought would be a very one sided affair. In fact what happened was far from that as Rosa gave a very good account for himself but ultimately lost a unanimous decision. That decision was the first loss in Rosa's pro career however he picked up a $50,000 bonus for fight of the night to ease the pain of losing. This time he will get to show the world what he can do with a full training camp.

His opponent at UFC Fight Night 59 will be Sean Sariano who trains with the Blackzilians came in to the UFC with an 8-0 record and a lot of buzz surrounding him when he made his debut earlier this year in Japan. However his debut didn't go to plan and he was submitted in the second round by Tatsuya Kawajiri. That loss was then followed up with another loss to Chas Skelly in September meaning he comes in to this fight with a lot of pressure if he wants to remain in the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 59 takes place on January 18th in Boston with Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver set to headline the event. A win for McGregor could lead to a title shot against Jose Aldo later next year.

Kid Yamamoto set for Octagon return after 3 year absence, meets Roman Salazar at UFC 184

by Ben Heather @benheather

Credit: UFC

Today it has been announced that Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-6-1NC MMA 0-3 UFC) will make his long awaited return to the Octagon to face Roman Salazar (9-3 MMA 0-1 UFC) after what will be a three years since his last fight. That fight was back in February 2012 at UFC 144 when he was submitted in the first round by Vaughan Lee in Japan.

Since that fight against Lee the UFC have announced that Yamamoto will be making his return on two separate occasions but both were scrapped as Yamamoto picked up injuries before both fights. At 37 years old this may well be Yamamoto's final chance to pick up a victory in the Octagon and if he was to pull out due to injury again could that be the sad end to his career. In his 25 fight career he has amazing highlights with victories over Caol Uno, Bibiano Fernandes and Royler Gracie. He made his UFC debut in February 2011 losing a unanimous decision to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 126.

Roman Salazar comes in to this fight having recently lost his UFC debut against Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night Macdonald vs Saffiedine in October. Salazar took that fight on very short notice having fought only two weeks before however, the lure of the UFC was worth the chance. The loss against Gagnon ended a four fight win streak and he will be looking to get back to winning ways with a full fight camp at UFC 184.

UFC 184 is headlined by the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort and also on the card is the women's bantamweight title fight as Ronda Rousey will square off against Cat Zingano.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Alexander Gustafsson has to be 'better than before' for Anthony Johnson fight

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit UFC
Light-heavyweight contenders Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson had interesting things to day about each other during the UFC Stockholm media day at the Tele2 Arena this past week. 

The pair will meet on Saturday 24th January in Stockholm, Sweden in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Tele2 Arena in a fight that has been described as pivotal for both men's career, with a shot at the 205lb divisional gold at stake. 

No. 1 ranked Gustafsson said: “It doesn’t get better than this. I’m living the dream. I’m fighting in my hometown, and I’m fighting for my hometown. Preparation is going well already. I have got a great team around me. But he's strong, he's a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter. I have to be on my game and better than before.

“My fans mean everything to me. I thank them for the support. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them.”

Johnson, ranked number three,  has also shared his excitement at being involved in the second bigger UFC event in the promotion's 20 year history: “It's an honour to be able to fight in front of so many people. The arena is beautiful. In the US we have maybe 8-12 thousand people and it's a great atmosphere, so this – 30,000 - is going to be something else.

“Camp is going well” he said. “By January 24, I'll be in excellent, perfect shape. I'm not fighting 30,000 people; I'm fighting one man.”

Tickets for the historic UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON event will be available to the general public on Friday, Nov. 28 via  

2015 IMMAF World Championships scheduled for UFC International Fight Week

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Credit IMMAF - Image Sarah Jamilla
The 2015 Amateur MMA World Championships have been announced for Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) hots the tournament for the second year running.

The Championships are slated to run during the fourth annual UFC International Fight Week, which will take place between 7-12 July 2015. This is due to the fan experience being billed as the world’s largest mixed martial arts celebration, which therefore guarantees people from all around the world to see the event, 'guaranteeing high-energy, all-star entertainment'. 

International Fight Week will be concluded by UFC 189 on July 11.

2014's edition was represented by 23 countries across five different continents in the first ever IMMAF Championships of Amateur MMA, which took place between 29th June and 5th July. 

The initial four days of the tournament took place in Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, the venue of The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale; while the IMMAF tournament final was held inside the UFC Fan Expo at The Mandalay Bay. 

The venues and competition dates for the 2015 World Championships have yet to be announced, but are expected to be released in the near future.

Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta booked for UFC 183

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit: UFC

UFC 183 is coming together quickly, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, and now joined by a stand-out lightweight bout as Joe Lauzon (24-9) meets 'Raging' Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) on January 31st in Las Vegas.

'J-Lau' will be heading into his 18th UFC bout on the back of two wins over Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa. Lauzon was set to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 180, but both fighters suffered injuries which led to the fight being scrapped.

A high-rising prospect from the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Iaquinta is also coming off of two impressive wins, including a victory over top contender Ross Pearson. A win over a vet like Pearson opened up a lot of new options for Iaquinta and he now has a chance to take out one of the division's most accomplished fighters, as he continues his climb up the lightweight ladder.

With the addition of this bout, UFC 183 now includes:

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson
Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

John Moraga finds replacement for Jussier Formiga and meets Willie Gates at UFC on FOX 13

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit: UFC
Headlined by Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic, UFC on FOX 13 was on the brink of losing some value after a high-stakes flyweight bout between John Moraga (15-3) and Jussier Formiga (17-3) fell out after Formiga picked up a knee injury.

However, the UFC saved the fight by announcing that Moraga will now step in to the octagon with Willie Gates (11-3). Gates is on an impressive five fight win streak, all of which he finished in the first-round and even more impressively, all of these fights took place in the span of seven months.

Moraga will face off against the UFC newcomer following a second-round submission victory over Justin Scoggins back in September, a feat that put him back in the win column after he suffered a TKO defeat against John Dodson.

With the announcement of Moraga's replacement match-up against Gates, UFC on FOX 13 now includes:

Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz
Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione
John Moraga vs. Willie Gates
Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders
Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober
Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman
Joe Ellenberger vs. Bryan Barberena
David Michaud vs. Garret Whiteley
Henry Cejudo vs. Dustin Kimura
Anthony Birchak vs. Ian Entwistle

Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares rematch set for UFC Fight Night Broomfield

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit: UFC

Featherweight contenders, Nik Lentz (25-6-2) and Thiago Tavares (19-5-1) fought as lightweights back in 2010, their first contest together resulted in a majority draw, but the pair are now set to go at it once more at UFN 60, February 14th.

Winner of four of his last five, Lentz has been calling for big fights as he edges closer to the top of the ladder, however his latest decision victory over Manny Gamburyan hasn't quite pushed him as high as he might of wanted, despite being ranked #9 in the division.

His opponent, Tavares only recently dropped down to the 145lb division, however he made an instant impact with a first-round submission victory over Robbie Peralta, earning himself a performance of the night bonus. 

With the addition of Lentz vs. Tavares, UFN Broomfield now includes:

Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliot
Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades
Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall rebooked for UFC 183 in Las Vegas

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit: UFC
Flyweight contenders, John Lineker (24-7) and Ian McCall (13-4-1) were set to battle it out for a potential title shot back at UFC Fight Night 56, however in a wild turn of events, Lineker had weight issues (again) and McCall was forced to withdraw from the bout just hours before the fight with an illness.

Knockout artist Lineker was campaigning for an immediate title shot following the unfortunate events that transpired, yet it seems he will still have to climb one last hurdle against McCall before he can challenge 'Mighty Mouse'.

Lineker enters the upcoming bout on a high, with five wins out of six, including four knockouts. Whereas 'Uncle Creepy' has strung together two impressive decision victories.

With the addition of this fight, UFC 183 now includes:

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Results: Frankie Edgar submits Cub Swanson in dominant performance at UFC Fight Night Austin

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

Main event time as Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson get the action underway in this featherweight feature bout.Edgar starts fast looking to control the opening stages.Swanson lands a few of his own in reply to Edgar. Edgar attempts the take down but Swanson defends it with a smile. Swanson lands some sweet strikes but gets too over confident, misses a big swing and Edgar lands the take down. Edgar clinches the first with the take downs.

Round two begins with Swanson landing to the body but Edgar replies with a big right which opens up a cut to Cubs head. Cubs eye really cut, Edgar all about the ground and pound in this round from the take down, in half guard Frankie is reigning down some hard elbows. Big round for Edgar there.

Third round underway and Edgar lands another take down. Story of the fight for him, these takedowns really working for his ability to control the fight. Swanson really doesn't seem to have an answer once hes taken down. Needs to be standing to have a chance of winning this one, currently going to be 3-0 down if this carries on. Edgar lands more elbows on the ground, dominance from the New Jersey native. Swanson really offering nothing at this stage.

Round four begins with Cub landing a big body kick but Edgar absorbs with no bother. Edgar lands yet another take down putting Cub in all sorts of frustration.Edgar looks to work a submission in the form of a rear naked choke but opts for more ground and pound instead as Cub really has no answer for this barrage. Another dominant round for Frankie Edgar.

Round five underway and Swanson is told by Greg Jackson in the corner that he must knock this dude out. Cub Swanson attempts a kick but Edgar is wise to it as usual in his fights and grabs it into a take down. Edgar still looking for the submission late in the 5th but it doesn't seem likely but hang on Edgar finishes it with less than 10 seconds to go! wow!! awesome performance!

What do the UFC do with Edgar now?

Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:56 of Round 5

UFC Fight Night 57 Results

by Ben Heather @benheather

On Saturday night the UFC returned to Austin, Texas for a night of fights which didn't disappoint the fans. As Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar squared off in a featherweight bout which had serious implications on who will get the next shot at Jose Aldo. Below are the official results for the night.

Main Card (BT Sport)

Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 4:56 Round 5
Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Jared Rosholt KO 3:21 Round 1
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 
Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) 

Preliminary card (BT Sport)

Ruslan Magomedov def. Josh Copeland Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Roger Narvaez def. Luke Barnatt Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
James Vick def. Nick Hein Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Akbarh Arreola def. Yves Edwards Submission (armbar) 1:52 Round 1

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)

Paige VanZant def. Kailin Curran TKO 2:54 Round 3
Doo Ho Choi def. Juan Manuel Puig TKO 0:18 Round 1

Edson Barboza picks up decision victory over Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night 57

by Ben Heather @benheather

In the co main event of the night it was a lightweight battle between two of the best 155lb fighters on the planet.

Barboza using his world famous leg kicks to gain the advantage in the first round. Green seems more concerned with trying to taunt and talk shit to Barboza than engage in the exchanges and its cost him the first round. If Green seemed more focused on fighting he had a great chance in this fight.

The second round starts and Barboza is finding his range just missing a head kick. It doesn't take long before Barboza lands a big right hook which rocks Green before he follows it up dropping him with a spinning heel kick. Green starts to come in to the fight half way through the round landing a flying knee but barboza carries on walking through it. Green looks to be more focused now and being rocked by that spinning heel kick has stopped him from talking shit anymore. Barboza is still working the legs of Green and doing enough to move around the cage to prevent Green catching him.

The third round was a somewhat disappointing end to the fight as Baboza seemed to think he was two rounds up on the scorecards and did enough to stay out of the range of Green while occasionally working his kicks. If he lost the fight he would only have himself to blame after that round.

A disappointing finish to an exciting fight and I look forward to seeing Edson tested by the top of the division again, can this be the run which gets him the UFC title shot?

Official Result: Edson Barboza defeats Bobby Green by Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Chico Camus battles to split decision victory over Brad Pickett

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

Flyweights Brad Pickett & Chico Camus get the action underway with a touch of the gloves. Pickett lands a big right hand early on. Camus replies with a flying knee, Camus showing good footwork as Pickett goes for the double leg take down but Camus defends. Pickett finally gets the take down and looks to land some hard ground and pound. Pickett does indeed do some work on the ground but the fight ends up on the feet where Camus seems to be winning the standing exchanges. Round ends and its a close one, could edge towards either.

Close round again. Pickett has more joy but Camus doesnt let up either. Tough fight to score really. Pickett has been active with his take downs despite being tagged so could easily pick up rounds, depends how the judges score it. Pickett dictates the 2nd half of the second round and finds his timing more often than not.

Third round starts with Camus' corner warning him that he needs to win this round to win the fight. Pickett pushing the pace in the final round seemingly landing his shots more easily now than before. Camus' volume has dropped off significantly compared to the first round. Pickett attempts the double leg against the cage but Camus defends well. Crowd being to boo towards the end but it actually hasn't been a bad fight. It's been somewhat of a chess match much like most flyweight fights are due to the skillset and pace of the fighters. Camus lands two rights at the end, will it be enough? Pickett probably does enough to take this 29-28.    

Brad Pickett really unhappy in the cage as the judges score it in favour of Chico Camus via a split decision, have to sympathise with him there.

Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett via split decision 29-28, 27-30, 29-28  

Oleksiy Oliynyk knocks Jared Rosholt out cold in first round comeback victory

by Ben Heather @benheather

An interesting heavyweight fight between a renowned submission specialist and a heavyweight wrestler with knockout power.

The fight starts and both men are going at it, throwing bombs. Rosholt starts mixing up his punches with knees and hurts Olinynk but doesn't go in for the kill instead picks his punches before another big knee hurts Oliynyk. This time he does follow up with some uppercuts as Oliynyk looks hurt but Rosholt slows down and looks like he is trying to save his energy to last the full fight. Rosholt looks like he could finish this fight at any point on the feet.

Then from nowhere a left hook floors Rosholt and just to make sure Oliynyk follows up with a couple of hammer fists to knock out Rosholt cold making sure he gets the victory. What a come back from Oliynyk who was badly hurt about a minute earlier in the first round.

That win ended the run for Rosholt and proved that Oliynyk is a legitimate threat at heavyweight and what a way to pick up the 50th win of your career.

Official Decision: Oleksiy Oliynyk defeats Jared Rosholt by KO 3:21 Round 1

Joseph Benavidez gains dominant Unanimous Decision victory over tough Dustin Ortiz

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

This flyweight match up starts out quite tentative with both fighters looking to find their range. In the first round, both land some shots but Benavidez' speed is the difference and to more or less secure the round he lands a take down and looks to be attempting a submission as the round came to an end. Round 1 for Benavidez.

Round two starts with Benavidez landing a big head kick to Ortiz. Up to this point, Benavidez is significantly out striking Ortiz 3/1. Big shot hurts Ortiz but he recovers and drops Benavidez with his own shot and then attempts a take down but Benavidez defends well. Ortiz catches the kick of Benavidez and lands another jab before Benavidez scrambles and shows his superior strength. In fairness to Ortiz, he's doing well against the #2 guy in the division. 30 seconds left to go in the round and Benavidez lands with a sweet right, controlling the fight.

Third and final round underway here in this fight with Ortiz needing the finish. Benavidez clearly looking to finish the fight here but Ortiz not giving it and really showing his toughness up to this point. Benavidez lands a good takedown but Ortiz gets back up and lands an uppercut. All Benavidez in the third as he easily controls Ortiz in the ground exchanges. Ortiz comes back with a takedown of his own but fails in his attempt to keep Benavidez down for an opportunity. Last 30 seconds see both standing in the middle of the octagon not letting off, good fight. Benavidez takes this comfortably.    

Really dominant performance from Benavidez who implemented his grappling and striking to perfection. Ortiz to his credit was solid but Benavidez will now look to continue his streak for a chance to fight for the belt again the future.

Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz via Unanimous Decision 30-27 x 3            

Wiman outlasts Vallie-Flagg to clinch a Unanimous Decision Victory at UFC Fight Night 57

by Ben Heather @benheather

The main card for UFC Fight Night 57 opened up with a very closely contested lightweight battle as Matt Wiman returned to action for the first time in two years.

Most of the action in the first round happens as Vallie-Flagg holds Wiman against the cage however it's Wiman who is working his strikes with his back against the cage. Then both men are looking to find the openings and everytime they do they land some big elbows. It's a very close first round until four minutes in when the fight moves to the centre of the cage however it doesn't take long to return to the clinch against the cage. The round ends with Wiman looking for the armbar finish pulling an amazing transition to lock the arm but can't extend it to finish the fight.

Vallie-Flagg gets the clinch again as round two opens up exactly how the first round started. Both men are looking to throw as many elbows and punches in the clinch and mixing in some good knees to constantly keep the opponent guessing. Vallie-Flagg goes for a takedown but Wiman manages to switch it up and jumps on the back as he looks for the Rear Naked Choke but nothing comes from it.

Vallie-Flagg doesn't look like he has much left in the tank by the end of the round and I expect the pace to slow down in the third.

Wiman controls the early exchanges in the clinch making sure he keeps his back off the cage at all times but not much action happens and the ref splits them up. It doesn't take long before Wiman is contolling Vallie-Flagg against the cage again and this time Wiman gets him down and takes his back where he stays until the end of the fight doing enough to stay active without really troubling Vallie-Flagg.

Wiman clearly won the third round but the first two were very close, however the judges gave the fight to Wiman who picks up a win after being inactive for nearly two years. Hopefully we will see him back in the Octagon sooner than that now. For Vallie-Flagg this will be another tough loss for him.

Official Decision: Matt Wiman defeats Isaac Vallie-Flagg by Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27

UFC Fight Night 57 Prelims Results and Review

by Ben Heather @benheather

On Saturday night the UFC returned to Texas for a night of fights and a very exciting line up of prelims on paper and they didn't disappoint.

Yves Edwards vs Akbarh Arreola

To start of the main prelims it was Texan native, Yves Edwards taking on Akbarh Arreola in a lightweight bout. Edwards came in as the clear fan favourite but got caught early with a big right hand which stunned him although he managed to regain his senses it didn't stop Arreola pushing forward and he got the takedown and Edwards left his arm open which Arreola grabbed hold off and didn't let go until Edwards tapped.

I am not sure what is next for Edwards as he is now 42-22-1-1 and has not won any of his last five fights, could it be time for the 38 year old to consider his future? As for Arreola he gets back to winning ways and takes his record on to 23-8-1.

Official Decision: Akbarh Arreola defeats Yves Edwards by Submission (Armbar) 1:52 Round 1

Nick Hein vs James Vick

Hein came in to the fight making his first appearance in an MMA fight outside of Germany, while James Vick was competing in his home state of Texas.

I was expecting Hein to come out looking for the takedown to eliminate the reach and height advantage which Vick possessed in this fight. However, he was happy to stand and bang with Vick and dropped Vick twice in the first round. In fact it took nearly nine minutes before Hein went for his first takedown attempt in the fight.

The second round was a fairly slow affair as Hein was happy to follow Vick around but wasn't able to get the strikes off which he did in the first round and by doing this gave up the second round as Vick was able to control the pace of the fight and got his shots off.

Hein comes out in the third and is a lot more aggressive looking to win the fight in the third but by the end Vick is happy to wind down the clock running away from Hein.

I am not sure what Hein's game plan was coming in to the fight but I think dropping Vick in the first round could have changed his plan to keep the fight standing instead of using his world class Judo skills which may have cost him the decision. In the end the reach advantage of Vick looked to be the crucial factor in this fight as Hein just couldn't land his big punches.

I am not sure how a judge could score that 30-27 after Hein dropped Vick twice in the first round though.

Official Decison: James Vick defeats Nick Hein by Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Luke Barnatt vs Roger Narvaez

Both men come in to this fight looking to get back to winning ways and it was a cautious start from both men in the first. Barnatt looked like he wanted to be more active but Narvaez wasn't engaging which led to a slow first round. After Luke's previous fight I am sure this is exactly what he didn't want.

Only a minute in to round two and the crowd do not appreciate the fight as boos start to sound in the arena. Narvaez looks to take the fight down, where he should have the advantage but Barnatt sprawls well and defends the attempt. Barnatt finishes the round with the much better striking and could be two rounds up by this point but the first round could have gone either way.

Round three is a complete turn around as Narvaez rocks Barnatt with a huge head kick before following it up and flooring Barnatt who is hurt badly before jumping on him and going for a number of submission attempts which Luke somehow manages to defend well. Luke still doesn't look like he has totally recovered from the knockdown and with 15 seconds left Narvaez lets him up.

The judges give the decision to Roger Narvaez who picks up the huge win after being a big underdog in this fight. As for Luke Barnatt it's back to the drawing board following a 3-0 start to his UFC career he is now 3-2 and needs a big performance next time out.

Official Decision: Roger Narvaez defeats Luke Barnatt by Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Josh Copeland vs Ruslan Magomedov

Both men come out willing to throw bombs in this heavyweight showdown and its Copeland who connects big first but Magomedov takes it and then replies with his own which drops Copeland before following it up with a big head kick. Magomedov starts to take control of this fight as it progresses through the first round.

Magomedov is now mixing up his strikes working both his punches and kicks, he is easily out striking Copeland now. Half way through the round he hurts Copeland with a high kick which makes Copeland turns his back and moves away but Magomedov charges in to attempt to finish the fight. Copeland manages to recover and lands his own attack to give himself a bit of space and a chance to recover fully.

Magomedov controls the third round as well and the judges agree giving him a good win with a solid performance against the heavy hands of Josh Copeland.

Official Decision: Ruslan Magomedov defeats Josh Copeland by Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27

UFC Fight Night 57 Fight Pass Prelims Results and Review

by Ben Heather @benheather

Juan Puig vs Doo Ho Choi

The UFC returned to Texas on Saturday night and the first fight of the night opened the card up as we hope the rest of the night will continue.

It really didn't take long for Choi to find his range after throwing one right jab and missing he perfectly timed the second to counter Puig and land perfectly on the chin. That punch dropped Puig and Choi jumped on to make sure he walked away victorious on his Octogan debut. The win for Choi takies his career record to 12-1 and his streak to 10 with eight of those by KO/ TKO. He is certainly a promising prospect for the future.

Puig now slips to 11-3 and 0-2 in the UFC, after being finished twice in the first round it may be back to the smaller shows now for Puig.

Official Decision: Doo Ho Choi defeats Juan Puig by TKO 0:18 seconds Round 1

Paige VanZant vs Kailin Curran

To end the show on Fight Pass it was the turn of the Straweights as Paige VanZant and Kailin Curran showed the world what can be expected when the rest of the 115lbers join them once the current series of TUF has finished.

In a very exciting start from start to finish Paige VanZant was looking for the finish at every possible occasion. Although she was taken down a number of times as soon as she had her back on the mat she was looking to either get back up or looking for the submission, attempting numerous armbars in the first round alone. By the end of the first round VanZant was close to finishing the fight from but the bell saved Curran who was being pounded from the top.

The second round was a closer contest but it was always being controlled by VanZant who used the clinch to great effect to score lots of strikes. Curran was able to get the fight down on the ground again but she couldn't keep VanZant down and it seemed Curran didn't have much left in the tank.

By the third round it was all Paige and once she trapped Curran on the cage and threw some bombs it was all over.

A very exciting fight and I can't wait to see the rest of the straweights join the division and when they do Paige VanZant will be right up there with the rest of the contenders.

Official Decision: Paige VanZant defeats Kailin Curran by TKO 2:54 Round 3

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Josh Koscheck vs. Neil Magny Slated For UFC 184 In Los Angeles

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Credit: UFC
After a year away from the cage and declining on a three fight losing streak, many assumed the day was coming where Josh Koscheck (17-8) would hang up the gloves. However, it seems the 36-year-old has other ideas.

MMAjunkie first reported the news that discussions were ongoing to match up Koscheck with welterweight prospect Neil Magny (11-3).

Koscheck is one of the few remaining veterans born from The Ultimate Fighter 1 and he's been a top contender in the welterweight division from his early years. After failing at the peak of his career in a title shot against Georges St-Pierre back in 2010, Koscheck has since gone 2-3 in the UFC. With two brutal defeats at the hands of Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley in 2013, we didn't expect to see him fight again.

Meanwhile, Magny shook off a poor UFC beginning after going 1-2 in 2013. The TUF 16 competitor recently tied a record for wins in a calendar year, defeating five men inside the octagon, a feat that calls for high profile fights purely on merit. 

With the rumoured bout added to the card, UFC 184 now includes:

- Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Cat Zingano
- Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva
- Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Josh Koscheck vs. Neil Magny

UFC Fight Night Austin: Edgar vs Swanson Main Card Preview

By Alex Dillon ADillon__

Saturday night will see the UFC take its fight night offering to Austin,Texas in an event that is scheduled to be headlined by featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. Bobby Green and Edson Barboza also face off in a feature co-main event lightweight clash. As well as these two standout fights, flyweights Brad Pickett and Joseph Benavidez also feature on the card.

Frankie Edgar (17-4-1) vs Cub Swanson (21-5)

This main event featherweight scrap is a draw for a number of reasons. First of all, these two fighters are big names in the division and are highly ranked which means there are obviously title implications on the line. Both have also fought and lost to the reigning champion Jose Aldo, Edgar challenged the champion for the belt where as Swanson fought Aldo back in WEC which turned out to be a famous TKO victory for the current champion. An impressive win for either fighter could signal a title shot next so expect both fighters to put their best performance in yet to pretty much stay relevant. And relevant they must stay especially with Irish standout Conor McGregor seemingly closing in on a title shot for himself.

Bobby Green (23-5) vs Edson Barboza (14-2)

These two potential lightweight contenders are set to clash in the co-main event Saturday night in a battle which will determine the winner as a real contender in a division that is arguably the hardest in the UFC. Bobby Green is coming into this fight on an impressive eight win streak with a controversial victory over Josh Thomson in his last outing. Edson Barboza comes off the back of a 1st round TKO victory over Evan Dunham. To many, Barboza is a frustrating figure as he shows promise of being a real contender only to fall at the final hurdle when he faces the top fighters such as Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner. The winner gets closer to the title, the loser goes to the bottom of the pile.

Brad Pickett (24-9) vs Chico Camus (14-5)

This flyweight match up was somewhat requested by Brit Brad Pickett as he wanted on the card and Chico Camus duly obliged. Pickett comes into this fight on the back of a disappointing loss to flyweight contender Ian McCall at UFC Dublin. Camus also received a loss in his last outing as he dropped a unanimous decision to TUF winner Chris Holdsworth. Both fighters have failed to light up the UFC since joining so it can be said this fight is make or break for either, especially for Picketts title hopes as he is not getting any younger and really needs a push if he is ever going to challenge for the title. Expect this one to produce some fireworks.

Jared Rosholt (11-1) vs Alexey Oleinik (49-9-1) 

A heavyweight match up also takes place on the Austin card as Jared Rosholt takes on Alexey Oleinik. Rosholt comes into this one on a two fight win streak and Oleinik also comes in with a submission win on his UFC debut. Rosholt hasn't exactly set the heavyweight division alight since joining the UFC where as Oleinik has an impressive 40 submission victories on his record. Yes all but one of these have come in the lower league but in a sparse heavyweight UFC division, Oleinik could potentially become a contender if he can rack up a few submission victories. This one should end up being a finish.

Joseph Benavidez vs (20-4) vs Dustin Ortiz (14-3) 

Many fans believe this fight should be placed much higher on the card due to both guys names and current rankings in the flyweight division. Nevertheless, they're placed here and it is a chance for both to prove why they should be placed higher in the future. Benavidez is probably the #2 guy in the division currently but comes up short when it matters having previously lost to champion Demetrius Johnson twice now. Ortiz comes into this one on a two fight win streak courtesy of two split decision victories. Both fighters have more finishes then decision on their record so expect this to be explosive.

Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-5) vs Matt Wiman (15-7)

In this lightweight showdown, both fighters are fighting to stay relevant in the UFC. Flagg is on a two fight loss streak and a loss here could easily see him cut especially as he is part of a deep lightweight division with plenty of better skilled competition. Wiman hasn't fought in nearly two years. A loss to one time contender T.J Grant and comes into this one trying to be a name once again in the UFC. It will certainly be interesting to see how he copes having been out of the cage for so long. As a credible finisher he will surely be looking for the finish here to cement his place in the division and put the rest of the fighters on alert. At the age of 36, it's questionable if he can really do much with the time he has left now but that's not to say he won't show up and return with a bang Saturday night.              

Battlezone FC Works with Safe MMA

BattleZone FC works for the first time with Safe MMA for tomorrow's BattleZone FC 12 in The Regency Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

Two professional bouts were originally scheduled for the predominantly Amateur show with one now scratched from the card due to injury. The competitors for the remaining professional fight, Mick Brennan vs. Stephen Coll, have been approved as fit for participation by the independent medical organisation.

All other competitors across the card will also undergo Safe MMA pre and post fight medicals; and BattleZone has pledged that on-site medical care will meet Safe MMA stipulations.
Promoter, Andy Ryan, said:
"BattleZone FC is delighted to be working with Safe MMA to promote fighter safety, which should be the cornerstone of the sport. As a promotion we have a duty of care to fighters and it's great to be able to unify over this important issue with other promoters under the Safe MMA banner."
SAFE MMA Ireland ambassadors, fighter Aisling Daly and Professor Dan Healy said:
"Safe MMA is about reducing avoidable risk. Protecting professional fighters is one fundamental responsibility of all promotions. This weekend BattleZone joins Cage Warriors and Euro Fight Night as another Irish promotion pays this respect to fighters"

Friday, 21 November 2014

Audio Video: Brett Johns Talks Titan FC Deal (Exclusive)

Audio Video: Brett Johns Talks Titan FC Deal (Exclusive)

by Ben Heather - @benheather
Copyright: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors
Former Cage Warriors champion, undefeated bantamweight Brett Johns talks to Kingdom MMA's Ben Heather regarding the recent news, that the 22-year old Welshman has signed for Titan FC on a four-fight deal.

In an exclusive interview, Johns reveals why he decided to sign with Titan FC, how the deal came about, and when he hopes to make his debut.

He also name drops a potential opponent for the future!

UFC Fight Night 57 Weigh-In Results

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

The weigh-ins have been completed for UFC Fight Night 57 from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, which also hosts Saturdays event.

The full UFC Fight Night 57 weigh-in results include:


Featherweight Feature Fight: Frankie Edgar (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145.8)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Bobby Green (155.4) vs. Edson Barboza (155)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Brad Pickett (126) vs. Chico Camus (125.6)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jared Rosholt (240) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (235)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Joseph Benavidez (125.6) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125.6)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Matt Wiman (155.4) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156)


Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ruslan Magomedov (246) vs. Josh Copeland (264)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Luke Barnatt (185.4) vs. Roger Narvaez (185.4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: James Vick (155.8) vs. Nick Hein (154.2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Yves Edwards (154.6) vs. Akbarh Arreola (155.6)


Strawweight Feature Fight: Paige VanZant (114.6) vs. Kailin Curran (115.6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Juan Manuel Puig (145.6) vs. Doo Ho Choi (145.8)

Jussier Formiga out of UFC on FOX 13 bout with John Moraga

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

The UFC are seeking a new opponent for John Moraga at UFC on FOX 13 after Brazilian flyweight Jussier Formiga has been forced to pull out with an injury.

According to Formiga's head coach Andre Pederneiras, the flyweight has suffered a knee injury, a partial LCL tear, and won’t be able to recover in time to compete for the Dec. 13 card. MMA Junkie first reported the news.

Moraga (15-3), is a former UFC title contender and will be coming into UFC on FOX 13 on the back of a submission victory over Justin Scoggins in September.

Taking place in Phoenix, UFC on FOX 13 is set to be headlined by Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic whilst in the co-main event, Nate Diaz returns against Rafael dos Anjos.

Titan FC announce the signing of former Bellator fighter Rick Hawn

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

Bellator veteran Rick Hawn (18-4) has signed a contract with Titan Fighting Championship and is set to compete at both lightweight and welterweight within the promotion.

The signing was announced on Titan FC's official instagram page.

Instagram announcement
Hawn had lost his last two bouts in Bellator to top level fighters Douglas Lima; current welterweight champion and David Jansen.

During his time in Bellator, "Genghis" won two tournaments; both the lightweight and welterweight, but failed to capture the belt in his world title opportunities.

The Judo blackbelt took to twitter to confirm the news, and proclaimed he 'can't wait for December 19th' at Titan FC 32 from Lowell, Massachusetts, which includes two title fights, heavyweight: Dave Herman vs Jon Madsen and featherweight: Desmond Green vs Steven Siler.

Twitter talk

This announcement comes after Titan FC also announced huge UKMMA acquisition Brett Johns to their evolving roster.

Stay tuned for updates on Hawn's potential opponents on our Twitter and Facebook.

Three fights you don't want to miss this weekend

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

This weekend see's a stacked UFC Fight Night card take place in Austin,Texas and is set to be headlined by featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. There is a feature lightweight co-main event between Bobby Green and Edson Barboza as well as a flyweight clash between Brad Pickett and Chico Camus. Elsewhere, grappling super event Metamoris holds its 5 installment on the same day with Renzo Gracie vs Kazushi Sakuraba facing off in the main event and UFC welterweight contender Rory Macdonald facing JT Torres. Here are the three fights you don't want to miss this weekend.

Frankie Edgar (17-4-1) vs Cub Swanson (21-5)

This fight is unmissable for a number of reasons, First off, both guys bring it every time they fight inside the octagon, we are pretty much guaranteed a great scrap based solely on that. What's more there are significant title implications on the line either fighter are they each arguably, one big win away from a shot at Jose Aldo's featherweight crown. With standout featherweight Conor McGregor seemingly closing in on a title shot, a 'standard' win may not be enough for Frankie or Cub come Saturday night so to get their shot at the belt they may need a super impressive performance to convince the UFC hierachy. With these points in mind, expect this fight to live up to its main event billing come Saturday.

Renzo Gracie vs Kazushi Sakuraba (Metamoris 5)

These two fighters have met previously as they once were foes in an MMA bout where Sakuraba famously submitted Gracie at Pride 10 back in 2000. With wins over four different Gracie's, Sakuraba was dubbed the Gracie Killer as he out matched them all on the ground to fans amazement. This time they will face off on the mats as they take part in Metamoris' 5th show in a main event feature grappling contest. For any self confessed MMA addict who wouldn't want to watch this? yes it's not an MMA fight but it's two legends going at it again in a grappling match which happens to be both fighters strength so you can be assured they will both be on their a game in a bid to beat the other. These two will put on a grappling clinic Saturday and it's one not to be missed.

Bobby Green (23-5) vs Edson Barboza (14-2)

This lightweight showdown is set to be the co-main event for the Austin fight night card and what a fight it could turn out to be. Both are in a position in the UFC's most stacked division where a win could seriously propel either into the contenders spots with names such as Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos. Green has somewhat gone under the radar with his impressive eight win streak which at this stage of his career, really cannot be ignored. His last victory came over Josh Thomson albiet controversially, it was a huge victory for the 28 year old. Barboza famous for his spinning kick on the UK's Terry Etim comes into this fight on the back of a first round TKO finish over Evan Dunham back in July of this year. There has been trash talk from both camps in the build up to this fight which only adds more fire to the scrap and with Barboza always looking to for the finish and Green itching to another big name to his resume, it's really worth tuning in for this one Saturday.       


Kountermove predictions for our UFC Fight Night 57 tournament

Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

Kingdom MMA brings you its latest Kountermove tournament this weekend, but for any newcomers who have a few questions, here is the essential information. Kountermove is simply fantasy MMA, pick a team of fighters who you think will win and your chosen fighters are awarded points based on strikes, takedowns and rounds won etc. 

You can join our Kountermove tournament for UFC Fight Night 57 and be in with a chance to win $25 right here:  

If you want to win a bit of money but you need some guidance then take a look at Kingdom MMA’s predictions, our ‘favourite five’ below, a few fighters who you may fancy picking.

1. Cub Swanson ($5200) - Following a UFC debut defeat to Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson (21-5) has put together a tremendous six-fight winning streak, including four post-fight bonuses. After his most recent win over Jeremy Stephens many felt he was in line for a title shot, however he has one last hurdle to climb against Frankie Edgar (17-4-1). Edgar has bounced back from three title fight defeats and with a dominant performance in his last outing against B.J. Penn, 'The Answer' could land himself back into contention with a win over Swanson.

Edgar is yet to be finished in his professional MMA career, so the key to this fight remains in the durability of either man. Over the course of his UFC career, Swanson's instincts to finish a fight have increased exponentially. If he can figure out a way to counteract Edgar's grinding style then Swanson could be on the verge of a huge win, we expect the former WEC contender to impose his relentless pressure over five-rounds and take this one by decision. It's a close fight but Swanson is more than capable of racking up some Kountermove points.

2. Bobby Green ($4800) - A split decision victory over Josh Thomson really opened up the eyes of the MMA world to the lightweight contender, Bobby Green (23-5). The win over Thomson stretched his hot streak to eight victories on the bounce, however Green now faces one of his toughest tests to date against the taekwondo black belt, Edson Barboza (14-2). The Brazilian is back in the win column following his first-round finish of Evan Dunham. 

Despite Barboza's extensive hi-light reel, he's always struggled when he is matched up with a guy who refuses to give him the time to set-up his lethal striking, and in Green you have a prime example of someone who has the potential to push Barboza to a breaking point. If Green can close the distance and dictate the pace of the fight then we expect him to grind out a decision and pick up some points a long the way.

3. Alexey Oleinik ($4700) - 37-year-old Alexey Oleinik (49-9-1) has been round the MMA circuit more than most guys ever will and his experience has seem him boast an impressive record. However, after 17 years of fighting, Oleinik is now amongst the elite in the UFC and he will be looking to build on his debut success when he meets Jared Rosholt (11-1). 'The Big Show' is undefeated in the UFC, picking up three decision victories, most recently over Soa Palelei.

An incredible 40 of 'The Boa Constrictor's' 49 victories have come by way of submission, so expect the Russian to take the action to the ground. Rosholt is yet to be submitted in his professional career, but if it goes anywhere near the canvas then it will most likely be a matter of when, not if the submission occurs. With Oleinik in your team there is big points available with a finish just waiting to happen.

4. Joseph Benavidez ($5400) - Team Alpha Male's top flyweight fighter, Joseph Benavidez (20-4) finds himself in one of the toughest spots possible in MMA, despite being the favourable fighter against 99% of the division, Benavidez has a long road back to the title whilst Demetrious Johnson remains at the top of the heap. However he looks to continue on this path against Dustin Ortiz (14-3), #13 ranked Ortiz rides a two fight win streak with split decision triumphs over Ray Borg and Justin Scoggins.

With Ortiz training at Roufusport, a long with many elite level fighters, Benavidez will no doubt be in for a challenge, however we expect the former WEC bantamweight to handle any situation that may arise on fight night. Look for a huge points return from Benavidez, who is known for his finishing capabilities, he is an absolute must have in your Kountermove team.

5. Nick Hein ($4900) - Undefeated TUF veteran James Vick (6-0) looks to test his skills against judo black belt Nick Hein (11-1-1). Hein rides a five fight win streak but 'The Texecutioner' will be the biggest challenge the German has faced thus far in his career.

It will be the first time Hein has fought in an MMA bout outside of Germany and it will be interesting to see whether this effects him inside the cage. However, Vick has a tendency to throw caution to the wind and Hein has the technical ability to capitalise on any sloppy mistakes the American makes. If Hein implements his game plan correctly and out grapples Vick then there will be many points up for grabs for our Kountermove players.

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