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It looks like Bellator MMA is signing former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald to an exclusive, multi-fight contract.
FloCombat.com first reported the news on Wednesday. According to the report, the UFC elected not to match Bellator’s offer to the Tristar Gym export. MacDonald was recently removed from the UFC.com welterweight rankings.
MacDonald last appeared at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa, where he suffered a five-round decision loss to Stephen Thompson in the evening’s main event on Jun 18. Prior to that, the “Red King” came up short in a 170-pound title bid against then champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, losing via fifth-round TKO in Sherdog.com’s “Fight of the Year” for 2015.
MacDonald compiled a 9-4 record over the course of his Octagon tenure and earned notable wins over Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn and Nate Diaz.
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One day after locating the vehicle used to hit and kill Ryan Jimmo, Edmonton Police have charged two men in the death of former UFC fighter RYAN JIMMO
Anthony Getschel, 23, who apparently drove the truck is responsible for the incident, has been charged with “second degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and fail to stop at scene of accident involving death.” Meanwhile, Jordan Wagner, 21, has been charged with “accessory after the fact to murder.”
Jimmo was reportedly walking away from an altercation with the two men in the parking lot of the H2O Lounge in Edmonton on Sunday, when the men accelerated their vehicle and hit the UFC veteran before fleeing the scene. Jimmo died from his injuries as a result of blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy performed by Edmonton’s medical examiner.
The altercation between Jimmo and the two men is being described as “a brief verbal argument.” Neither Getschel nor Wagner said they knew Jimmo prior to the incident. According to a statement, Jimmo’s death was the 25th homicide to occur in Edmonton in 2016.
Jimmo last fought at a UFC Fight Night event on May 30, 2015, dropping a decision to Francimar Barroso. He went 3-4 during his Octagon tenure and compiled a 19-5 mark over the course a professional career that began in 2007.
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Bellator announced on Tuesday that Raymond Daniels will face Stefano Bruno and a flyweight match between Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez and Sarah Howell.
Bellator Kickboxing “St. Louis” takes place at Scottrade Center on June 24 and is headlined by a middleweight showdown between Joe Schilling and Hisaki Kato. The three-bout card will air live on Spike TV immediately following Bellator 157 “Dynamite 2” at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT.
Daniels, who is 11-3 as a kickboxer with experience fighting for Glory, made his Bellator Kickboxing debut on April 16 in Italy, where he defeated Francesco Moricca via knockout 30 seconds into their bout. Bruno, a native of Italy, boasts a 23-2-1 career mark.
Melendez, the wife of UFC lightweight star Gilbert Melendez, made her promotional debut at Bellator 142 “Dynamite,” where she outpointed Hadley Griffith in a kickboxing matchup co-promoted by Glory. Howell, meanwhile, will be making her professional debut.
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Glory announced on Wednesday that it has signed Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, who will fill in for the injured Mosab Amrani to face Eddy Nait-Slimani in the co-main event of the Glory 31 SuperFight Series undercard.
Saenchai (315-43-2, 55 KOs) is regarded by many as arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in muay Thai history. He has captured the legendary Lumpinee Stadium championship in four different weight classes as well as WMC and WBC titles and the 2010 Toyota Cup tournament championship.
“Saenchai is not only one of the best muay Thai fighters in the world right now, but one of the very best ever,” said Glory Head of Talent Operations Cor Hemmers. “With Amrani falling off the Amsterdam card, this was the first chance to get our new signing in front of the fans. We came together and now the stage is set for June 25.”
Glory 31 will take place at RAI Amsterdam in Holland on June 25. The SuperFight Series will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass with the main card following live on ESPN3. The live stream on UFC Fight Pass will begin at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The Glory 31 SuperFight Series undercard will be headlined by Zack Mwekassa (14-3, 12 KOs) taking on Mourad Bouzidi (79-22-2, 34 KOs). Glory announced that their scrum will be for the interim light heavyweight title, with the winner to face reigning champ Artem Vakhitov, who is recovering from injuries.
The rest of the SuperFight Series card will see Isis Verbeek taking on Irina Mazepa in a super bantamweight bout within Glory’s Super Bantamweight Grand Prix; Josh Jauncey opposing Anatoly Moiseev in a lightweight affair; and Maximo Suarez versus Eyevan Danenberg in a welterweight contest.
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Glory 32 “Virginia” will take place on July 22 inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., the promotion announced Tuesday. The event will be televised live on both ESPN3 and UFC Fight Pass.
Glory 32 will be anchored by a championship rematch, as featherweight champ Serhiy Adamchuk (33-5, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Gabriel Varga. The Ukrainian snatched the belt away from Varga (27-3, 8 KOs) via five-round decision at Glory 25 “Milan” in November and now the Canadian seeks vengeance.
Adamchuk defended his title at Glory 28 “Paris” by out-pointing Mosab Amrani and then stepped up on last-minute notice at Glory 29 “Copenhagen” last month to fight Mohammed El Mir at lightweight. Adamchuk won a unanimous decision in an entertaining battle.
Meanwhile, Varga stayed active fighting for another promotion. The Toronto native rebounded from his loss by dominating Liu Wei in China and winning the Hero Legends featherweight crown in January.
Additional matches for Glory 32 as well as the full SuperFight Series undercard will be announced soon.
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Heavyweight veteran Bob Sapp will end his retirement from mixed martial arts this summer after nearly three years away from the sport.
Korean promoter Road Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that Sapp will square off against China’s Aorigele in the main event of Road FC 32. The event takes place July 2 at the 20,000-seat Hunan International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hunan, China.
Sapp, 42, walked away from MMA in 2013 following a string of 12 consecutive losses, 11 of which came inside the first round. At the time of his retirement, the former Pride FC and K-1 fighter claimed to have “well over $10 million,” which meant he no longer needed to fight for money.
Sapp’s opponent is a 21-year-old provincial sanda champion with less than two years of MMA experience under his belt. The “Heavyweight Supernova” advanced past the first round of Road FC’s recent openweight tournament but was stopped in April by Hong Man Choi via 96-second knockout.
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Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports revealed that he has gotten information indicating Mayweather vs. McGregor will take place the weekend of Sept. 17, 2016, in Las Vegas.
“I have already booked two rooms for Sept. 17 and 18 in Las Vegas,” Cowherd said. “My intel is Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week. I got a call, then somebody else sent me something yesterday and Saturday and we booked rooms in Vegas.”
Mayweather has said that he will not come out of retirement for any fight that guarantees him less than $100 million, and he has reportedly offered to pay McGregor about half of that. In an interview over the weekend, McGregor had some choice words for Mayweather regarding who needs the fight more. Here's what McGregor had to say.
“He’s getting old now. I have the size, I have the reach, I have the height. I have the youth. He needs me. I don’t need him,” the UFC featherweight champion said. “Who else can he fight? He fights someone else in the boxing realm, and all of a sudden the pay goes from $100 million to $15 million. He needs me. If he wants to talk, we can talk, but it’s me who’s in control here.”
The fight is not official yet, we will keep you posted.
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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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According to OlimpioMMA.com , Former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante and onetime “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” finalist Daniel Sarafian have been cut from the UFC roster.
Cavalcante, 35, was winless in his last three Octagon appearances , fighting only once in 2014 and 2015. He was last seen on Feb. 6, when he dropped a lackluster unanimous decision to Ovince St. Preux in Las Vegas. “Feijao” exits with an overall UFC record of 1-4, his only one victory in a November 2013 stoppage of Igor Pokrajac. The Sao Paulo native is best known for capturing the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown from Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in 2010.
Sarafian, 33, reached the final round of “TUF: Brazil” Season 1 but was unable to compete at the finale due to an injury. The Power MMA middleweight went 2-4 in his UFC run, including an unsuccessful one-fight stint at 170 pounds. Sarafian’s last bout was on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, where he was knocked out in 60 seconds by Oluwale Bamgbose.
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Sherdog.com on Monday received laboratory results from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in response to a records request submitted on March 2. According to the documents, Shamrock and Slice were flagged for elevated testosterone/epitestosterone levels, and both tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Testosterone/epitestosterone levels are reported as elevated by the lab when the result is greater than 4:1. Shamrock tested higher than three times the allowed limit at 12:1, while Slice’s results were greater than than 6:1.
The documents also reveal that Shamrock tested positive for the opioid methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter. The threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.
Shamrock was stopped by Royce Gracie in the first round of their headlining encounter at Bellator 149, which took place Feb. 19 in Houston, Texas. Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- was victorious over Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris via third-round knockout.
Gracie and Harris were among a list of six additional fighters who were tested and cleared at Bellator 149. Also tested were Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Pineda, Richard Knepp and Juan Torres.
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