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UFC will make its South Dakota debut on July 13th at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
And Speaking of a Debut, Argue Leader a daily newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reports that Resurrection Fighting Alliance light heavyweight champ Devin Clark will make his UFC debut against Alex Nicholson on July 13.
Clark is 6-0 as a professional fighter. His last win came on April 15 at RFA 37, where he took the vacant RFA strap by defeating Brazilian Rafael Viana, who bowed out due to a hand injury after the second round.
Florida native Alex Nicholson , made his first Octagon appearance on the Stephen Thompson-Johny Hendricks undercard in Las Vegas, where he was submitted and had his jaw popped by Misha Cirkunov's vicious face crank.
Clark-Nicholson is the fifth bout made official for the July 13 card, joining Josh Samman-Tim Boetsch at middleweight, Kyle Noke-Keita Nakamura at 170 pounds, a lightweight contest between Cody Pfister and Scott Holtzman and a dynamic pairing of another Sioux Falls native, Ben Nguyen, and Hawaii's Louis Smolka.
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Kimbo Slice and James Thompson are set to meet again this summer in a rematch of their infamous 2008 encounter.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced the bout during a Sunday appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Slice-Thompson 2 will be a main component of Bellator’s London debut, which takes place July 16 at O2 Arena.
Coker was questioned over his decision to book Slice so quickly after the Slice’s failed drug test following his Feb. 19 victory over Ken Shamrock. However, Coker said that Slice was suspended for 90 days by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and that the organization does not involve itself in regulatory matters.
“One of the things that Bellator has been very, very forthright in our testing procedure, is that we go by what the athletic commission says,” Coker explained. “We don’t self-regulate. We don’t test these athletes ourselves. When we go into, let’s say California, Andy Foster tells us exactly what the testing procedure is, the rules and regulations, what he wants, and we abide by that. Same thing in Texas. Same thing in Florida.
“[Slice] was put on a 90-day suspension outside of Texas, which will be ending sometime in May, so he’ll be cleared and ready to fight by July 16.”
Slice and Thompson first met under the EliteXC banner for a May 2008 contest in Newark, N.J. Although Thompson outstruck his opponent over the course of the bout, Slice was declared the winner early in the third round after a punch busted open the Englishman’s cauliflower ear. The fight set a new ratings record at the time, drawing more than 7 million viewers to CBS.
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According to a report from Brazilian media outlet Combate, Fedor Emelianenko will face Fabio Maldonado at a Rizin Fighting Federation on June 17
Sherdog.com on Sunday confirmed the matchup with a source close to the match, following an initial report from Brazilian outlet Combate. The Japanese promotion has yet to officially announced the matchup, which will reportedly take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will be contested at heavyweight.
After a retirement that lasted more than three years, Emelianenko returned to action at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve Event, where he forced Jaideep Singh to submit to punches 3:02 into the opening frame of their bout. “The Last Emperor” has won his last four fights and owns a 35-4 career record.
Maldonado, meanwhile, was released from the UFC following back-to-back losses to Corey Anderson and Quinton Jackson in 2015. While the 36-year-old Brazilian competed primarily at 205 pounds during his Octagon tenure, he did face Stipe Miocic at heavyweight in May 2014, losing via technical knockout in 35 seconds.
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If you are a fan of Boxing or a fan of Sports in General, this is sports article you cannot Ignore!!!
His name is Nick Givhan, Givhan is a boxer out of Kalamazoo, MI. the youngest in a family of nine, Givhan always scrapped with his brothers, often coming out on top, but it wasn't until he turned 17 that he thought of boxing as a profession. He Works at a moving company from 5 AM to 5 PM, He gets up at 4:30 AM, jog 2 miles, go to work until 5. Rest until about 6, and then it’s back in the gym. Basic workout until 6:30-9, jog 5 miles. “It wasn’t easy at first,” Nick admitted, “but I adapted. This is 7 days a week. I don’t believe in days off.”
Nick excelled in football, and had six amateur cage titles in the short span of eight and a half months, and his over the top personality and style in each sport is where he came up with the ring name “King Beamen.”
Givhan, or "King Beamen" as he calls himself — is a reference to Jamie Foxx's character from the movie "Any Given Sunday" — says that confidence is sometimes seen as cockiness, and that's just fine with him.
After a brief stint in mixed martial arts, he decided to pursue boxing in the pro ranks. He says he forgoes the usual temptations that people in their 20s gravitate toward.
His First 10 boxing Matches wins were 6 by TKO, 2 by KO and 2 by Unanimous Decision , but on March 23 of this year , Givhan suffered his first loss against Ivan Baranchyk by KO in the 1st round for the WBC super lightweight title.
Whether your a Hardcore Boxing fan or not, We have witnessed or heard many boxers that have suffered their 1st loss especially when there young. Some have overcome it in their careers, some of them don't , let us not define him for that loss against Baranchyk by a KO in the 1st round on March 23, let us define him of what he has done in his boxing career and for the future.
Right now Givhan is 16-1-1 , he is scheduled to rematch with Baranchyk in June and still holds the UBF Jr. Welterweight title.
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