UFC Fight Night 47: Bader v St. Preux

Tonight’s Fight Night 47 event is live at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

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Ryan Bader defeats Ovince St. Preux via Unanimous Decision

Ross Pearson defeats Gray Maynard via 2nd round TKO (01:35) 

Tim Boetsch defeats Brad Tavares via 2nd round TKO (03:18)

Alan Jouban defeats Seth Baczynski via 1st round TKO (04:23)

Shawn Jordan defeats Jack May  via 3rd round TKO (02:03)

Thiago Tavares defeats Robbie Peralta via 1st round RNC (04:27) 

Jussier Formiga defeats Zach Makovsky via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)

Sara McMann defeats Lauren Murphy via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)  

 Tom Watson defeats Sam Alvey Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3) 

Frankie Saenz defeats Nolan Ticman via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 3)

Undefeated one armed fighter Joshua Rector returns to the cage THIS SATURDAY!

 

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U.S. Army Retired Sergeant and undefeated fighter  Joshua “The Wrecking Ball” Rector returns to the cage THIS SATURDAY at BlacKOut Fighting Championship 24: Fighting for Autism in Carthage, Missouri. Joshua Rector will be fighting his toughest opponent yet in Mike “SCUBA” Skeen (2-0). “The Wrecking Ball” has been on a roll and has finished both of his opponents in the BFC cage and won a decision at GRAPPLEFIGHT proving that even with one arm he has what it takes to stand up or go to the ground with his opponents. “Scuba” Skeen has also finished both of his opponents and has a brawler style and likes to stand in front of his opponents and throw bombs. All i know is every time Joshua Rector steps in the cage the crowd gets pumped up so I can’t wait for this fight on Saturday night! Tickets are available  at cagetix.com/bfc

Photo by CatsEye Photography

Bellator signs knockout artists Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

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Newport Beach, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – 
Since the day Bellator President Scott Coker joined the promotion, the goal has been to create the most entertaining fights possible under the Bellator banner. With that in mind, Bellator has added knockout kingpins Paul “Semtex” Daley (34-13) and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (28-11) to the roster. The two veterans have both amassed impressive careers, including an astonishing 51 career knockouts between the two heavy-handed strikers.

Daley rejoins Bellator after a dominating debut in 2012 with a first round knockout over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. Only 31, the Nottingham based striker is looking to make his mark on the Bellator Welterweight Division.

“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” Daley said. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”    

Manhoef will join an already deep middleweight division as the Dutch kickboxer brings his finishing skills to the Bellator cage and Spike TV. The former Strikeforce and K-1 veteran is on a mission to provide explosive finishes, and with potential matchups with Alexander Shlemenko, Brennan Ward, Brett Cooper and Doug Marshall on the horizon, fans should expect fireworks inside the Bellator Middleweight Division.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We want Bellator to be a destination for not only the top-tier fighters in the sport, but the first-choice destination for fans to see the most entertaining fights in the sport,” Coker said. “Both Paul and Melvin add a level of excitement to the roster that I can’t wait to see inside our cage, and this is just the beginning.”

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

KNOCKOUT OF THE WEEK featuring Antonio Martinez

One of the biggest knockouts of the weekend didn’t happen in the UFC it happened at Kansas City Fighting Alliance 11 in  Kansas City, Missouri. Antonio Martinez (5-0) was going into this fight against “TIC TIC BOOM” with 3 first round stoppages all by TKO so don’t blink…  

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Kansas City Fighting Alliance and Evan Stratton

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TUF 20 and Canadian Randa Markos

TUF 20 and Canadian Randa Markos

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The lone Canadian on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 20 is Windsor, Ontario’s, Randa Markos. Since moving over to Canada from Baghdad, along with her family, Randa decided at an early age to learn the discipline of wrestling. While not only competing in grappling tournaments, Markos would almost always walk away a winner.

The hunger for competition did not appear to stop there for Randa, as she decided to compete in the evolving sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 23, officially stepping inside the cage for the first time in 2009. After proving a promising record at the amateur level, the decision to turn professional came three years later. With her dedication, passion to compete, ability to evolve and never give up attitude, this decision and these traits would contribute to her current success.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 is housing the top women at 115lbs, to crown the first ever strawweight champion of the UFC. This is in no doubt my opinion where Markos belongs.

Despite being less experienced in terms of professional MMA competition, the Canadian/Chaldean native had gone on to earn wins in her first three professional fights, before stepping up on short notice to compete for Resurrection Fighting Alliance on January 26, 2014. The fight left Markos with two rather large lacerations, as well as the first and only blemish on her respected record. Although suffering her first loss, that fight displayed just how much heart Markos has, as well as toughness which prepared her for her first title fight even more so.

The first ever PFC champion was crowned on March 8, 2014, following the win at Provincial Fighting Championships 2. The now number one ranked women’s strawweight in Canada was ready to take the next step in her career by attending the TUF 20 tryouts in Las Vegas. As revealed earlier this month, her attempt was a successful one, making the casting.

A fighter throughout her whole life and having to overcome several obstacles has helped Randa prepare for what most call TUF the toughest tournament in combat sports today. With fifteen other women and being isolated over a month and a half has shown to be somewhat of a pressure cooker type of situation. With the speculations that high volumes of drama will overtake each episode, we must remember that all these women, including Randa, are there for one thing and one thing only, to win the  UFC championship gold.

With a nation full of MMA fans and the airing of TUF 20 come September I believe that not only will Randa have the support from her family, friends, coaches, and training partners, but from an entire country. Red and White have always been proudly worn alongside her Chaldean roots. Although highly irregular for women from the Middle East to grow up and become a professional MMA that matter any kind of athlete, this did not discourage or detour Randa from getting closer to accomplishing her goals and dreams.

Follow Randa via Twitter @randamma and help support her while filming for TUF 20, and more importantly, for when she returns back home to Windsor,Ontario.

Hey Dana, no gimmick needed, she just wants to fight.

By @AdamMartinShow

Seth Golay faces off with Cody Nieto-Clark for the BlacKOut Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title on Saturday, July 26th in Carthage, Missouri

Seth Golay faces off with Cody Nieto-Clark for the vacant BlacKOut Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title at BLACKOUT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 24: FIGHTING FOR AUTISM on Saturday, July 26th in Carthage, Missouri.

BlacKOut Fighting Championship returns to Carthage, Missouri for the 3rd time  and this fight card might be the biggest one yet. Seth Golay (4-0) is undefeated and has finished his last 3 opponents in dominate fashion and plans on getting another finish in front of his hometown crowd. Cody Nieto-Clark is one  of the best Light Heavyweights in Oklahoma and is ready to  take the BlacKOut Fighting Championship back  across the State line with him.

MMATopics.net caught up Seth Golay to talk about his opportunity to fight in  front of his hometown crown and much more. CHECK IT OUT

MMATOPICS:  Where do you train at? 

SETH GOLAY: I train with Proving Grounds Gym in Carthage, Missouri. 

MMATOPICS: How does it feel to be fighting in your hometown of Carthage, Missouri?

SETH GOLAY: Feels awesome! No small town around brings out a crowd like Carthage, fans are the best in the 4-State area! Ready to put a show on for friends and family!

MMATOPICS: what should the fans expect?

SETH GOLAY: An explosive hard hitting fight! Lots of power in this fight, enough for anything to happen at any time

MMATOPICS: how will the fight end?

SETH GOLAY: With me winning, no questions or doubt in my mind. I’m the best I’ve ever been.

MMATOPICS: How does it feel to be FIGHTING FOR AUTISM? 

SETH GOLAY:  It’s for a great cause!! Motivates my training even more, got my hometown behind me and now for a great cause, what could be better? I love these kinda events! Anything to help!

Make sure you get your tickets at www.cagetix.com/bfc and follow BLACKOUT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP ON FACEBOOK

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BlacKOut Fighting Championship 24: FIGHTING FOR AUTISM Fight Card!!! (UPDATED)

BlacKOut Fighting Championship is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Fighting For Autism to bring Professional/Amateur Mixed Martial Arts to Carthage, Missouri on Saturday, July 26th. These fighters will be stepping into the cage for a great cause and to bring awareness towards Autism. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. We are excited to help the local community and excited about this partnership with FIGHTING FOR AUTISM.
Tickets for this event are available on www.cagetix.com/bfc 

BFC 24 will feature Pro fights, 2 title fights, Heavyweights, WMMA action, and all your favorite fighters! DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! 

Checkout the FIGHT CARD…

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135- Zach ‘SUBHUB’ Hubbard vs Joseph ‘The Hulk’ Fulk
145- Thailand ‘Landshark’ Clark vs Aaron Roberson

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BFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Cody Nieto vs Seth Golay

BFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Melissa Shepard vs Blair Patton

160- Devin Webber vs Mike Breeden
130- Jerry Stepps vs Seth Mitchell
185- Mike Skeen vs Joshua Rector
HW- Byron Stevens vs Rick Richmond
155- Kyleb Collins vs Hardy Friely
145- Fred Freeman vs Jenrrhy Ferrera
145- Kory Jamal vs Greg Owens
HW- Jon Gieniec vs Brad Diaz
185- Gabriel Dart vs Austin Crist
205- Jesse Gonzalez vs Andrew Poblete
155- Mikey Vassar vs Dameian Harper

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UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida Quick Results

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida Quick Results

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Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)
Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)
Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis via KO (punches) at  0:16 of Round 1.
Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (on Fox Sports 1)
Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09, Round 3
Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rob Font def. George Roop via KO (punch) at 2:19, Round 1

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Casey def. Bubba Bush via TKO (elbows) 1:01, Round 1

Stefan Struve (25-6) vs. Matt Mitrione (7-3) (canceled)

HOLIDAY WEEKEND MMA BLOG by Chris Gregory

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and BADASS FIGHTS! Get ready for this Holiday weekend because there are some huge fights and MMATopics.net President Chris Gregory is here tell you what fighters and fights to lookout for, give you his predictions, and probably offend you while doing it…

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 11 PRELIMS
We will be kicking off the festivities on Saturday afternoon with the World Series Fighting 11 Stream on MMAJunkie.com at 2 pm E.T.
A young fighter that everyone should keep their eye on during the prelims is Muhammed DeReese. DeReese is only 1-0 as a pro but was very dominate in his amateur career beating some of the top guys in the country. He has tons of potential and I can’t wait to see what he can do on a huge stage like WSOF.

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 11 MAIN CARD (LIVE ON NBC at 4 PM E.T.)
Cody Bollinger vs. Pablo Alfonso
Cody Bollinger is coming off a huge win over Tyson Nam and I see him continuing on his path to the title with a big win over Pablo Alfonso. Cody Bollinger started out his pro career when he was a teenager and I feel like missing weight on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER was the best thing that could happen to him because it has made him a better fighter and I feel like he has been a lot more focused after that.  I’m predicting Cody Bollinger wins via Rear-naked choke in Round 1.

JZ Cavalcante vs Melvin Guillard
WOW! What a fight! JZ Cavalcante is a fighter I have followed for years. He has fought at HOOKNSHOOT, K-1, DREAM, STRIKEFORCE, and all of the organizations that the hardcore fans love. Melvin Guillard will be making his debut in WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING and I really think we will see a new and improved Melvin Guillard in this fight. If you have watched ‘The Young Assassin’ throughout his career you have seen that he always comes back strong after losing a few and I think you will see that in this fight. I’m predicting a huge KO win for ‘THE YOUNG ASSASSIN’.

Jon Fitch vs. Dennis Hallman
We all know this won’t be fight of the night cause neither one are known for standing in the pocket and throwing punches but this could be a very interesting fight once it goes to the ground. Jon Fitch really likes to punish his opponents on the ground and I think he is going to have a problem doing that against a guy like Dennis Hallman, who has 41 submission wins. Dennis Hallman is on a 3 fight winning streak and I’m predicting ‘SUPERMAN’ wins by submission in the 2nd round.

Justin Gaethje vs Nick Newell
“Notorious” Nick Newell is undefeated with a record of 11-0 and he has pretty much destroyed all his opponents and has proved he can compete and beat some of the best guys in the Lightweight division and this will be the toughest test of his career. WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is also undefeated with a record of 11-0 with notable wins over Drew Fickett, JZ Cavalcante, Dan Lauzon, and Richard Patishnock. If you look at both these fighters records and opponents you will notice that Justin Gaethje has definitely taken the tougher fights to get to 11-0 and I believe that his experience against veterans will play a huge factor in this fight and I predict that Justin Gaethje wins by knockout!

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UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida
UFC FIGHT PASS 7 p.m. E.T.
FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET
PAY PER VIEW 10 p.m. E.T.

I’m not going to go through all the fights on this card but there are several exciting fights that I’m looking forward to. One of those fights kicks off the prelims on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7 pm E.T.
RFA Middleweight Champion Kevin Casey will be fighting Legacy Middleweight Champion Bubba Bush and I’m only going on statistics here but I think I have to go with Kevin Casey based on the fact that fighters that have come from RFA have had a more successful run in the UFC than fighters that come from any other organization. This is going to be a fight that you will not want to miss.

Alex Caceres vs. Urijah Faber
It seems like a lot of fans were shocked with this fight announcement. My question is “why are fans shocked?” Alex Caceres has won 5 fights in a row and yeah I’m counting his No-Contest as a win because he tested dirty for marijuana and if you think weed enhances your performance with anything but a munchies eating contest then you should be Nick Diaz STOCKTON SLAPPED. Alex Caceres asked for this fight with Urijah Faber, who is ranked #2 according to UFC RANKINGS and I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him to take a step up in competition and see where he truly ranks with the best in the World. I know I’m crazy but I’m rolling with the underdog Bruce Leeroy via submission (triangle) in Round 2.

Alexis Davis vs. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey
When you have such a dominate champion like Ronda Rousey it’s hard to pick out any holes in her game. I’m not even sure she is a person anymore; I truly believe she has become a machine. Alexis Davis is one of the best female fighters in the World but at this point I don’t think even the best can beat Ronda Rousey. Ronda has a lot of haters and a lot of people that want to see her lose but in the back of your mind DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE CAN LOSE? No way! That’s my prediction!

Lyoto Machida vs. UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman
When Lyoto Machida won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2009 Joe Rogan and the UFC called it the “MACHIDA ERA” but that ended after a few fights. Now 5 years later we might be going back into that era if he can get through the champ.  Chris Weidman has 2 wins over the G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva and in my opinion he needs to use his wrestling in order to win this fight against Machida. Machida is a technical striker and also a point fighter that will win the fight if it stays on the feet.

The Ultimate Fighter 19: Team Penn vs Team Edgar
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 19 FINALE
SUNDAY NIGHT
FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET

I will make this short and sweet! There’s only 1 reason I’m watching this fight card and that’s because BJ PENN is making his return. Bj Penn is one of the greatest fighters of all time and is a true pioneer of the sport. He fought at several weight classes and fought the best guys in the World and is still doing it. There’s only one thing I want to see on Sunday night and that’s BJ Penn getting his hand raised.