Bellator MMA returns to Albuquerque, New Mexico Wednesday, July 31st as the Santa Ana Star Center will play host to a Bellator Lightweight World Title fight as defending Bellator Champion Michael Chandler puts his title on the line against David “The Caveman” Rickels, while Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren will defend his title against Russian phenom Andrey Koreskov live on Spike, as well in Spanish language on mun2. The night will also feature the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final as King Mo faces the electric Jacob Noe, while Heavyweights collide as Vitaly Minakov battles Ryan Martinez in the Bellator Tournament Final. The Bantamweight Summer Series Tournament will also begin, as Rafael Silva will battle Rodrigo Lima, while Anthony Leone will take on Bellator newcomer Frank Baca.
The Jackson’s MMA Series returns August 10th and will be presented by The Downs Racetrack & Casino and EXPO New Mexico at Tingley Coliseum! The Jackson’s MMA Series has become the premiere MMA fight promotion in the Southwest and has launched multiple fighters to the next level.
Jackson’s MMA Series Veterans include TUF 14 Featherweight Champion Diego Brandao and TUF 14 Veteran Johnny Bedford. In addition, multiple series fighters have been signed by the UFC including Henry Martinez, Julie Kedzie, Isaac Valle-Flagg and Buddy Roberts .
(Tampa, FL) - Summer just got hotter! Xtreme Fighting Championships has announced the co-main event, for their already highly anticipated return to The Sunshine State. Things will surely heat up, when Nicolae Cury faces off against fellow Floridian Reggie Pena, in a middleweight showdown at XFC 24, Live on AXS TV. The event takes place at the USF Sundome, in Tampa, Florida on June 14th.
The last time we saw Reggie “The Regulator” Pena (10-5), he silenced a rowdy Nashville crowd at XFC 18: Music City Mayhem, when he pulled off an impressive guillotine submission on UFC veteran John Salter. Pena has won 8 of his last 10 bouts, and looks to jump right into the XFC Middleweight Title picture with a win over the dangerous Nicolae Cury.
Nicolae “The Armor” Cury (7-4) last entertained the XFC fans at XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown, when he won a unanimous decision over last minute opponent replacement Roger Carroll. With 5 of his last 7 wins coming via submission, it’s no secret that Cury will look to get this fight to the ground, in hopes of adding Pena to the list of opponents who have tapped to the Jiu Jitsu & Judo Black Belt.
When asked about the Cury/Pena match up, XFC President John Prisco had this to say. “This bout could easily steal the show. Both these guys are well rounded and tough to finish. They are both main event fighters who have faced adversity and pulled out big wins in their last XFC fights. Cury is so dangerous on the ground with his submissions and Pena…Pena just has something about him that’s hard to explain. He is never out of a fight. He fights with such heart and has a never say die attitude. It’s going to come down to who enforces their game plan better. Will Cury get it to the ground and work his submissions, or will Reggie be able to keep the fight at a distance and work his combinations? It’s going be exciting. The winner of this fight will find themselves near the top of our middleweight division.”
Don’t miss a minute of the action! Xtreme Fighting Championships makes its way back to Tampa, Florida for XFC 24: Collision Course on June 14, 2013. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and ThroatPunch Ind. Apparel and will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the beautiful USF Sundome, beginning at 9pm. For more information on the event, or, to purchase tickets, visit www.officialxfc.com. For daily updates and news and to follow all the XFC fighters as they train towards the title, “Like” us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter @OfficialXFC.
The next in line to lightweight title contention for the Xtreme Fighting Championships is about to be discovered live on national television Feb., 22 as two undefeated rising stars face off in the main event of XFC 22: Crossing the Line. Open fighter tryout winner Jason "The Ronin" Hicks (5-0) will take on X-series tournament winner Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman (3-0) live on AXStv called by none other than Michael "The Voice" Schiavello and the legend that is Pat Miletich. The winner of this fight will face the current Lightweight Champion "Notorious" Nick Newell (9-0) who defeated Eric "Its a Wrap" Reynolds (16-6) at XFC 21: Night of Champions II.
During the morning staff meeting XFC President John Prisco said this of the matchup. "This fight I have wanted to see more than any other potential match up within the XFC roster. Hicks vs Holtzman is a classic, regarding their fighting styles. You have the raw power and unbelievable athleticism of Scott Holtzman, against one the most cagey, well rounded 155 pound fighters the XFC has, Jason Hicks. I have been a huge fan of both since they came into the XFC and I knew their paths would cross sooner or later, now is the time! I only predict one thing regarding this fight, it will be a WAR !"
Amateur Spotlight: Brandon Mr. 4Real Grundy Battles Josh Seymore In Little Rock, Arkansas At Valentine's Day Massacre
Tonight, Brandon “Mr. 4Real” Grundy enters the cage to battle southpaw opponent, Josh Seymore. The Valentine’s Day Massacre produced by Kingdom Promotions is providing Grundy an excellent chance to display his skills that has brought him to an undefeated record with three wins. Since his last fight, “Mr. 4Real” earned sponsorship with Reckless Inc., Promotions.
Grundy has worked hard to improve his confidence in the cage. Confidence is extremely important when getting caught in defensive positions and remaining patient enough to escape out. In addition to the morale boost he has been working on becoming more aggressive in the up-coming fights. Grundy wants to attack his foe’s off the bell and push the pace the fights.
It was another momentous year across the board for the combative sports world. 2012 saw continued domination from some of the best champions in history, an explosion of local combative sports, and much more. Thanks from all of us at US Combat Sports for supporting the local fight scene. See you in 2013.
Food, family, and football – is there anything better than Thanksgiving? Well, maybe an Anderson Silva versus Jon Jones superfight, but we'll save that for another day. US Combat Sports would like to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Over the years, your support has been overwhelming and all of us here at USCS wholeheartedly thank you for making us your number one source for local combative sports news. Now go enjoy some turkey.
So in the latest episode, Episode 6 "Return of the "Big ol" Jedi" the show started with a recap of last weeks fight and it showed Big Country informing Nick that he lost because he didn't listen to him.
Team Big Country was just starting to get upset about the coaching style of their leaders and it was apparent it was starting to bug everyone. Then once again it went to Secor picking fights with the other team and this time it was the shirtless wonder, the Canadian sensation, the thunder from down under (the north pole) Mike Hill.
It was fun watching the show this week because none of us knew who stole that chicken until now. Apparently it wasn't Mike but he sure reacted to the slightest taunt and that made for an interesting 20 minutes of yelling and fighting.
'Notorious' Nick Newell Meets Eric Reynolds for the XFC Lightweight Title, Is He The People's Champ?
The date is set, the location has been named, and it is now official, Nick "Notorious" Newell, 8-0 as a pro, and a perfect 3-0 as an XFC fighter will get a shot at the XFC Lightweight Championship on December 7 in Nashville Tennessee broadcast to the World, Live on AXStv.
After starting his career in regional promotions near his hometown in Connecticut, Newell inked a multi-year deal with the East Coast's largest promotion, and has since worked his way through his first three opponents under the XFC banner. Newell defeated Dennis Hernandez with an ankle lock submission, Chris Coggins by a decision, and most recently knocked out David Mays with a high knee at XFC 19.
With three impressive wins and a huge fan-base urging XFC President John Prisco to offer Newell his first opportunity at a championship fight, 'Notorious' is now inked as the opponent and will have to defeat the top Lightweight in the XFC ranks, Eric Reynolds, in order to take home the gold.
When the name of Eric Schafer is brought up one's first thought doesn't usually go towards kickboxing. Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, or even "Boy Wonder" make sense.
But on Saturday, "Red" ventures out of his comfort zone and steps into the cage against fellow Wisconsin veteran Demian Decorah in a kickboxing bout as part of Chris Skoglund's Lights Out "Brawl In The Fall" promotion.
To date, no Wisconsinite has ever fought inside the UFC more than Schafer. The 35-year-old currently holds a record of 12-7-2 with nearly half of those fights coming inside of Dana White's world-renowned promotion. But in all of those fights, Schafer's deadly grappling ability was always at his disposal.
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