Kicking off the main card of tomorrow’s Bellator 175 will be a featherweight fight between Noad Lahat (10-2) and Lloyd Carter (11-8). You may remember Noad Lahat from his four fights in the UFC and his Bellator debut in the co-main event of Bellator 164 last November. He is without a doubt the most well-known Israeli fighter on the current MMA scene.
Friday’s Bellator 175 is headlined by a rematch between Rampage Jackson and King Mo Lawal, but the co-main event might just be the more interesting fight. This bout is a featherweight matchup with Emmanuel Sanchez (14-3) meeting former bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao (18-7-1). With Bellator’s 145-pound division so competitive, the winner should be a fight or two away from a title shot.
This Week in Face Punching Funky Highlight Special: We just couldn’t wait to share this one. If you haven’t seen this clip yet, check out one of the stranger fight finishes in recent memory as both Windson Ramos (0-0) and Fard Muhammad (3-5) managed to draw the referee’s ire to the point that he ruled the bout a double disqualification. More on that show’s legitimate fights, and the rest of the week in global MMA, are below!
“When I’m healthy I’m telling you, no one’s gonna hang with me. Tyron Woodley, he won’t hang with me.” If there’s one thing that Colby Covington has learned from training with the best fighters in the world, it’s that he is one of the best fighters in the world; just ask the man himself. Maybe Covington is right about his eventual place at the pinnacle, maybe not. But he certainly doesn’t lack the confidence necessary to make an impact at the very top of this sport. And that confidence comes from learning a lot of lessons the hard way growing up.
There’s been plenty of attention focused on Bellator this week, and most of it has been centered squarely on the company’s upcoming pay-per-view offering from Madison Square Garden. Yet there’s also a very intriguing Bellator 175 card coming our way this weekend, featuring four former world champions and a collection of intriguing talents trying to work their way toward a chance at the belt.
Reigning Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore will defend the title in his home town as the main event for VFC 57 slated for Friday, May 5 in Topeka, Kansas, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®. Gallemore (6-3) will stand across from challenger “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan (12-5) when the two clash inside the VFC cage at the Kansas Expocentre.
Join the MMAWizzard, Shawn Bitter, as he takes a deep dive into top MMA prospects fighting all around the globe this week. For diehard fans nothing beats watching an early career MMA star in the making, and before you tune in to any non-UFC card this weekend be sure to check on Shawn’s prospect reports to learn what to expect and what techniques and improvements to watch for. Plus, plenty of highlight videos from past fights in case you want to do your scouting homework before the show.
This past Friday ACB showed off its patented #LessShow, #MoreFighting ethic to an appreciative crowd in Dushanbe, Tajikistan – a nation that has enjoyed two recent quality fight shows after hosting Fabio Maldonado at EFN 60 early in the month. ACB has making all kinds of moves to sign quality international talent, and they employ some terrific matchmakers who ensure a card that always brings spectacular action from top to bottom.
Invicta FC has a habit of putting together terrific fights, and every few shows we’re lucky enough to get a standout card where every single bout meets and exceeds expectations. That’s exactly what fans were treated to at Invicta 22, as every contest from the first preliminary bout to the title fight main event was filled with impressive performances. Catch up with everything that took place at the Invicta 22 card below, including plenty of video footage thanks to the social media team at UFC Fight Pass.
Kickboxing fans tuning in to GLORY 39 were expecting to witness a heavyweight grudge match between Chi Lewis-Parry and Hesdy Gerges in the main event of the show’s SuperFight card, yet the fight was delayed and eventually scrapped at the last minute. GLORY’s initial announcement on the cancelled bout indicated that Lewis-Parry had fallen ill shortly before the contest, yet that claim was soon disproven, and was refuted by Lewis-Parry himself on social media.
On Friday night Denver’s Paramount MMA 7 served up a host of exciting fights featuring up-and-coming stars, big show veterans, and amateur talents trying to gain experience and establish a foothold in the sport. Everyone at the top of the card was on audition for a potential UFC promotion, which only added to an already charged atmosphere in an intimate Paramount Theatre setting that proved perfect for a night of fights. Read on for highlights from the show, which included huge wins from Derek Brenon, Brian Rogers, and Nick Rhoads.
I watched UFC London in a local pub with a group of friends that are not MMA fans and it was a pleasure to watch an event at a fitting time for an Irish audience, rather than the wee hours of the night. We had gathered to watch Ireland versus England in the Six Nations rugby competition and this writer was pleasantly surprised when a request to turn to the relevant TV channel was approved. Throughout the card we were visited by people with a variety of interests in MMA and in a variety of states of drunkenness.
The date: September 12, 2015. To this point, nearly every aspect of Derek Brenon’s MMA career had fallen into place like clockwork. The New Yorker had stepped into the cage nine times, and nine featherweight foes had fallen at his feet – and really, few of them had posed much of a challenge. None lasted even eight minutes in the cage with the up-and-coming prospect. Yet things weren’t going to be quite so easy tonight, for the green 2-0 pro (7-0 amateur) would face his first stern test in the form of eight-fight regional veteran Myron Baker.
Six quality undercard bouts have been added to complete the April 14th Victory FC 56 event streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. The additions of Dakota Cochrane, E.J. Brooks, Chuka Willis, and more strengthen a card that already features a bantamweight title headliner pitting top UFC prospect Raufeon Stots against reigning champion Rob Emerson, plus a co-main event welterweight title contest that sees Kassius Kayne Holdorf defend his belt against UFC and Strikeforce vet Yuri Villefort.
If you were too absorbed in the GGG-Jacobs madness from MSG to catch World Series of Fighting’s Saturday night card from upstate New York, then you missed a night of action featuring world class talents hailing from across the globe. As usual, CombatDocket has you covered: below you’ll find a collection of highlights from the show thanks to the newly video-happy WSOF social media team, plus commentary on each of the top bouts from WSOF 35.
If you didn’t catch Friday night’s Hard Knocks 54 from Calgary, you missed one of the best regional performances of early 2017 as Jesse Arnett claimed his second title belt in the promotion in impressive style. Despite a few last second cancellations, the rest of the card was filled with fun regional battles and prospects in action; check out the results below, and log on to GFL.tv if you’re interested in catching up on the main card replay.
Combate Americas today announced the completion of a stellar, 11-bout card for its debut in Tijuana, Mexico on Thursday, March 30, live on Azteca America in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m from the Auditorio Municipal. TV Azteca will broadcast “Combate12” in Mexico on Friday at 11:00 p.m., and UFC Fight Pass® will distribute an English-language version of the event as a video on demand (VOD).
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Having been to the Dublin parade, this humble columnist is currently watching the New York parade with a pint of Guinness and looking forward to seeing Conor McGregor escort Irish amateur boxing star Michael Conlan to the ring tonight for his pro debut against Tim Ibarra in Madison Square Garden!
Many successful fighters start thinking about a pro career early. Maybe being a professional fighter has always been a dream, or maybe it was something that they fell into after early competitive success in a related discipline like wrestling or jiu-jitsu. But for three-fight UFC lightweight Tony Sims, the motivation to become a pro fighter was much closer to his heart: it came from a promise to his older brother, Ryan.