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Victory FC 48 results: Jason Jackson wins vacant welterweight belt with quick TKO

Jason Jackson had little problem capturing the vacant Victory FC welterweight title with a first-round TKO of Victor Moreno in the main event of Victory FC 48.

Buccaneer Arena in Urbandale, Iowa, played host to Jackson’s (5-2) triumph, as he needed less than two minutes to overwhelm Moreno (37-23) with strikes to win the belt in impressive fashion in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner.
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RFA 35 results: Thiago Moises takes 155 title with submission of David Castillo

RFA has a new lightweight champion, and it’s Brazil’s Thiago Moises, who had a comeback win in the RFA 35 main event.
RFA 35 results:

  • Thiago Moises def. David Castillo via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 3:19 – to win vacant lightweight title
  • Thiago Alves Cavalcante Rodrigues def. David Putvin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Curtis Blaydes def. Luis Cortez via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:41
  • Dervin Lopez def. Joe Rodriguez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:47
  • James Nakashima def. Brad Darrington via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ricky Steele def. L.J. Schultz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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WSOF 28 results: Vicious Marlon Moraes leg kicks lead to easy title defense vs. Barajas

Official WSOF 28 results include:


  • Champ Marlon Moraes def. Joseph Barajas via TKO (kicks) – Round 1, 1:13 – to retain bantamweight title
  • Chris Gutierrez def. Timur Valiev via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jamie Yager def. Daniel McWilliams via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:38
  • Ozzie Alvarez def. Andrew Ramm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)

  • Steve Ramirez def. Kyle Estrada via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:01
  • Isaias Alvarado def. Garrick Evans via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:21
  • Heinrich Wassmer def. Keenan Lewis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:02
  • Jalin Turner def. Eric Steans via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:38
  • Fard Muhammad def. Mike Kubeska via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 28-27)
  • Chris Saunders vs. Darren Smith
  • Albert Morales vs. Anthony Paredes


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Bellator 155 announced for May 20, headlined by Carvalho vs. Manhoef title fight

During the Spike broadcast for Bellator 150 the promotion announced the two featured bouts for Bellator 155.

The card, which takes place May 20 from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho with a main card on Spike, will be headlined by a middleweight title bout between middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (12-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) with a featherweight bout between Pat Curran (21-7 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) and Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) serving as the evening’s co-feature.

Carvalho captured the vacant middleweight title with a body kick TKO of Brandon Halsey at Bellator 144. He is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak, not suffering a defeat since his professional debut. 10 of his 12 victories have come by TKO.

Manhoef picked up a victory in his most recent outing, knocking out Hisaki Kato with a punch at Bellator 146. His prior two bouts did not go his way, with a Bellator 131 knockout loss to Joe Schilling and a Bellator 133 knockout loss to Alexander Shlemenko. The loss to Shlemenko was overturned after the Russian tested positive for anabolic steroids.


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[DOUBLEPOST=1456720443,1456555750][/DOUBLEPOST]Injuries force changes to headline bouts for Legacy FC 52 and 53
The injury bug has made its way to Legacy FC and forced changes to the headline bouts for both Legacy FC 52 and 53.

Legacy FC 52 was scheduled to be headlined by a flyweight title bout between champion Damacio Page (19-10) and challenger Matt Schnell (8-2), while Legacy FC 53’s headliner featured “TUF 19” runner-up Dhiego Lima (10-4) taking on fellow welterweight Ben Brewer (11-4).

Page has been forced out of the bout and has been replaced by Jason Sampson (13-1). The new headliner will be for the interim belt. Meanwhile, Brewer has been pulled from the bout with Lima, who now faces Antonio Trocoli (9-1).

Legacy FC 52 takes place March 25 at Golden Nugget Lake Charles in Lake Charles, La., while Legacy FC 53 takes place April 8 at Center Stage Atlanta in Georgia. Both main cards will air on AXS TV.

[DOUBLEPOST=1456887555][/DOUBLEPOST]Bellator comes off controversial show with above average numbers
Bellator 150 on Friday night from Mulvane, Kan., did 733,000 viewers, up from the 650,000 range that the non-tenpole events have been averaging and far above the 566,000 that the previous show of its type on Jan. 29 had drawn. That show was under similar circumstances and had also lost its main event when Josh Koscheck was injured prior to what would have been his Bellator debut.
[DOUBLEPOST=1457014578][/DOUBLEPOST]Angela Hill in for Grasso vs. Eggink, Aspen Ladd in for Orr vs. McGill at Invicta FC 16
A pair of injuries have forced some changes to next week’s Invicta FC 16 card in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten Alexa Grasso (7-0) has been forced out of her strawweight fight against former title challenger Stephanie Eggink (4-2) and will be replaced by “TUF 20” and UFC veteran Angela Hill (3-2). In addition, Amberlynn Orr (0-0), who was set to make her pro debut, has been replaced byAspen Ladd (2-0) in a bantamweight fight against Andrea Kelly McGill (2-0).

Invicta FC officials recently announced the new bookings for the card. Invicta FC 16 takes place at Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas on March 11. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

The card is headlined by an atomweight title fight between champ Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) and Amber Brown (6-1). In the co-feature, Vanessa Porto (18-6) takes on Jennifer Maia (12-4-1) for the interim flyweight title.
With the changes, the complete Invicta FC 16 card now includes:

    • Champ Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Amber Brown – for atomweight title
    • Vanessa Porto vs. Jennifer Maia – for interim flyweight title
    • Stephanie Eggink vs. Angela Hill
    • Irene Aldana vs. Jessamyn Duke
    • DeAnna Bennett vs. Roxanne Modaferri
    • Jinh Yu Frey vs. Herica Tiburcio
    • Sarah D’Alelio vs. Andrea Lee
    • Aspen Ladd vs. Andrea Kelly McGill
    • Sarah Click vs. Ashley Greenway

Tonight's RFA 36 headliner scrapped due to title challenger missing weight
The planned headliner for tonight’s RFA 36 event has been pulled from the fight card.

Originally, the event, which airs on AXS TV from Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., was expected to feature featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos (9-1) vs. challenger Landon Vannata(7-0).

However, at Thursday’s weigh-ins, Vannata weighed 146.8 pounds, which is 1.8 pounds over the 145-pound limit for title fights. With the former welterweight/lightweight unable to cut any additional weight, the bout was scrapped and pulled from the card.

Vannata, an undefeated prospect from Jackson-Wink MMA, apparently tried to negotiate a non-title fight – to no avail, according to coach Brandon Gibson (via Twitter):
The RFA 36 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)

    • Melvin Blumer vs. Shawn West
    • Matt Brown vs. Chico Camus
    • Reese Hernandez vs. Kassius Holdorf
    • Dan Moret vs. Josh Wick
    • Lemetra Griffin vs. Logan Storley
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Damn, those were some entertaining fights. Thanks for posting them. It is cool to see knees on the ground again. It changes a lot of positions that are more or less neutral when only allowed punches


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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), in partnership with AGD Bank, returns to Yangon to bring world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action to combat sports fans in Myanmar. The Thuwanna Indoor Stadium is set to play host to ONE: UNION OF WARRIORS on 18 March. The card will be headlined by hometown hero, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, as he takes one Mohamed Ali of Alexandria, Egypt.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated, “Last year, as part of our growth plan to bring opportunities to countries with a rich history in martial arts, we entered Myanmar for the first time in June, bringing our signature brand of world-class MMA to fans here in Yangon with the support of Z Corp, Skynet, the Lethwei Federation, and the Ministry of Sports. This time, we intend to play off our success and establish yet another amazing night of MMA action.”

With 25 professional fights on his resume, Aung La N Sang is arguably one of the world’s most renowned Myanmar fighters whose constricting style of fighting has earned him the moniker of the “Burmese Python”. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, Aung belonged to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. He sought asylum in the United States when he was 18 years old, but he was always proud of his heritage. Victorious in his ONE Championship debut, Aung now looks to return to the ONE Cage to headline against Mohamed Ali.

Mohamed Ali of Alexandria, Egypt, is a mixed martial arts veteran with a 10-7 record. He was unsuccessful in his ONE Championship debut against Jake Butler in 2014, being stopped within three rounds, but showed true grit and determination in a tough bout. Ali now looks for redemption as he makes his way back to the spotlight in a main event battle against Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang.

Former flyweight world champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes had his title reign cut short in his last bout, dropping a heartbreaking split decision to current ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov. As champion, Moraes was skilful and dominant, and was rarely opposed inside the ONE Cage. Now, he’s on the comeback trail, and his next bout is against rising Filipino flyweight Eugene Toquero.

Flyweight standout Eugene Toquero is a former celebrity mixed martial arts and fitness coach in his native Manila, Philippines. The 5’5” Filipino stalwart has a knack for highlight reel striking techniques and operates at a pace which opponents find hard to keep up with. In his last bout, Toquero improved his record to 8-2 with a technical knockout victory over China’s Li Wei Bin. Now he faces his toughest test to date in Brazil’s Adriano Moraes.

Christian Lee, younger brother of Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, has impressed in his first two outings in ONE Championship. Lee is riding the momentum of two stoppage wins inside the ONE Cage, one by highlight reel knockout and the other by crafty submission. Lee looks to continue his early success but will face a stern test when he takes on Anthony Engelen.

Anthony Engelen is a Dutch fighter who trains full-time in Indonesia. Engelen is an exceptional grappler, which makes his overall game a potential war of attrition on the ground. In his last bout, Engelen scored a first-round submission victory, proving that his grappling skills are a force to be reckoned with. Standing in his way is young prospect, Christian Lee.

21-year-old Jordan “Showtime” Lucas is undefeated with eight wins and no losses. He is one of Australia’s top bantamweights and is coming off two straight submission finishes in as many outings. The talented Lucas will now face a stern challenge from Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly in his ONE Championship debut.

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly is the younger brother of ONE Championship standout Eric Kelly. One of the brightest featherweight talents to emerge from the Philippines, Kelly brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned Wushu Sanshou to center stage as he showcases his skills inside the ONE Cage. Kelly is looking to get his ONE Championship career back on track with his bout against Jordan Lucas.

Robin Catalan of the Philippines is making his ONE Championship debut against 33-year-old Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil. Catalan is a mixed martial artist and trainer currently based in Metro Manila. His opponent Silva is 3-1 as a professional, and is riding a two-fight win streak over Robin’s brothers Rene and Ruel Catalan, making this fight especially personal for Robin Catalan.

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Frodo, Brookins, & Dez Green set to compete in Russian MMA Grand Prix
Chechen-based promotion Akhmat MMA will host an ambitious Grand Prix tournament this Saturday with an impressive line-up of Russian and foreign fighters.
he first show is set for March 12 in Grozny, Chechnya and will feature an intriguing line-up of foriegn fighters to complement the Russian and North Caucasus contingency on the card.

The first Grand Prix event will feature the quarter-final round of the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight tournaments. The card will feature the likes of WSOF bantamweight champion Magomed Bibulatov, who is a representative of the Akhmat MMA organization and fight club, as well as the likes of Desmond Green, Kurt Holobaugh, Frodo Khasbulaev, Jonathan Brookins, and more.


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WSOF signs UFC vet John Howard and Germany's Abu Azaitar, re-signs Bryce Mitchell

WSOF has bolstered its fighter roster with the signing of a pair of welterweights, and re-inked a current fighter to a new deal.

UFC veteran John Howard (23-12) has joined the promotion, as has German prospect Abu Azaitar (11-1-1). Additionally, the company has re-signed Bryce Mitchell (5-0) to a new contract. WSOF President Ray Sefo made the announcements on a recent blog post.

Howard was released by the UFC following a knockout loss to Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 80 in December. In his first stint with the UFC, he won his first four fights, but dropped three straight and was released. But then he went 6-1 outside the company and earned his way back. He won decisions against Uriah H all and Siyar Bahadurzada, but then dropped fights to Ryan LaFlare, Brian Ebersole and Lorenz Larkin.

The Massachusetts-based fighter staved off release with a win over Cathal Pendred at UFC 189, but the loss to Means gave him four setbacks in five fights. Now he’ll try to get back on track in the WSOF welterweight division.

“John has had a few tough losses in recent years, but I believe he still has a lot to offer the sport, and I look forward to him debuting for us later this year,” Sefo stated.

Germany’s Azaitar has been fighting at middleweight, but Sefo expects him to also fight for WSOF at welterweight. He turns 30 on Thursday and is on a seven-fight unbeaten streak. Included in that mix is a 34-second TKO win over Jack Marshman at Cage Warriors Fight Night 10 about two years ago. Overall, eight of his 11 wins are by stoppage with seven coming by knockout or TKO.

“Thug Nasty” Mitchell, from Arkansas, impressed enough in his WSOF debut in January that now he’s part of the promotion’s bigger plans at lightweight. Mitchell turned pro in 2015 and went 4-0 this past year with four first-round submission wins – three for the V3 Fights promotion, and another at the “RFA vs. Legacy Superfight” card on AXS TV. At WSOF 27 in January, he submitted Jorge Medina in 62 seconds with a rear-naked choke, the finish by which he has four of his five victories.

“I think ‘Thug Nasty’ has a bright career in front of him, and I’m happy to announce it will continue to develop in the World Series of Fighting decagon,” Sefo stated.


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[DOUBLEPOST=1457663208,1457581776][/DOUBLEPOST]WSOF champ David Branch signs new multi-fight deal with Las Vegas promotion
WSOF dual-division champion David Branch has signed a new mutli-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Branch’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, today announced the move via Twitter, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed with WSOF officials that a verbal agreement as in place and the contract was expected to be finalized shortly.

Branch (17-3), who currently holds the WSOF titles at both middleweight and light heavyweight, is expected to defend his 185-pound title against Clifford Starks (13-2) at next month’s WSOF 30 event.

Branch said he’s happy with his decision to stay in the promotion he’s called home since 2012.

“I can’t be more happier with World Series of Fighting valuing me as a two-division world champion,” Branch told MMAjunkie. “WSOF is the best place to be, and I don’t want to be anywhere else. I want to thank Carlos Silva and Ray Sefo for everything they have done for me.”

Branch, a former UFC and Bellator fighter, as well, competed at WSOF’s inaugural event in November 2012. He’s since earned a perfect 7-0 in the promotion’s decagon, including championship wins in both the 185-pound and 205-pound divisions.
[DOUBLEPOST=1457663588][/DOUBLEPOST][DOUBLEPOST=1457753379][/DOUBLEPOST]WSOF 29 weigh-in results: Justin Gaethje, Brian Foster on point for title fight


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