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  • T.J. Waldburger to meet Dennis Hallman at UFC Fight Night 24

    Belton-native and former Shark Fights welterweight champ TJ Waldburger (13-5)·is unofficially set to meet grizzled UFC vet Dennis Hallman (50-13-2) at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle, Wash. This will mark Waldburger's return to the Octagon since the 22-year old's successful debut last September at UFC Fight Night 22 in Austin. Since defeating David Mitchell by unanimous decision, Waldburger has been recovering from a strained piriformis. The Grappler's Lair product hopes to extend a winning streak that includes victories over Shannon Ritch and Pat Healy, both at Shark Fights events. Waldburger also holds victories over Pete Spratt, a UFC-vet and former student of Saekson ...
  • UFC and MSG Rejoin Biggest Push Yet for MMA in New York

    Continuing its spearhead roll in the expansion of mixed martial arts, world's largest MMA promotion The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be making its first official announcement of intent to host a show in Madison Square Garden this Thursday. According to a story broken earlier today by MMA Fighting correspondent Mike Chiapetta, the UFC press conference in MSG on Thursday, which will have UFC president Dana White, Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans present, is to announce the organization will hold a Pay Per View in Manhattan during 2011. While both Zuffa Entertainment and MSG Sports have been...
  • Bellator Signs Explosive Veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs to Middleweight Division

    “Joe Riggs is a battle tested veteran who brings it in every fight. He is a great addition to our middleweight division, and I’m looking forward to seeing Joe in action during Season 4”, said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Born in Sanford, Maine, but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Riggs began his journey to MMA when he picked up boxing at just 10 year old before wrestling in high school. A two time All-American, Riggs met current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez at the High School National Championships. With a Golden Gloves boxing title under his belt and widely established as one of the top high school wrestlers in the country, Riggs' decision to make the transition to M...
  • Texas fighters offer free seminar to service men and women right before UFC Fight Night 23

    Fort Hood won the 2010 US Army Combatives Team Championship with the help of Grappler's Lair and UFC fighter TJ Waldburger. Waldburger's management made official today that Grappler's Lair will host a seminar, "Operation Appreciation: Texas Hold ‘Em MMA Clinic", free of charge to 50 servicemen and women and will be held on the same day as UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2 at the Fort Hood army base. The two-hour submission grappling and MMA seminar features not only Waldburger, but Bellator Veteran Joe "Jitsu" Christopher, Bellator veteran Steve Carl, who was deployed from Fort Hood to Iraq twice, former UFC fighter Gerald Harris, The Ultimate Fig...
  • Erik Koch to Make UFC Debut Against Cub Swanson at UFC on Versus 3 in March

    Erik “New Breed” Koch will get his first shot in the UFC in just a mere matter of months. According to a report from mmajunkie.com, the Roufusport fighter has agreed to take on Cub Swanson at UFC on Versus 3 in March.
  • The Mentalist Episode Illustrates Network Opinion of MMA

    On January 6, CBS crime drama series The Mentalist joined a growing tradition of television shows to include mixed martial arts as a backdrop with their stereotypically named episode "Bloodsport." The Mentalist also enforced the unwritten network television rule that any episode featuring MMA must depict the sport in a negative light. The episode's plot centers around a murder taking place backstage during an MMA bout that smarmy police consultant Patrick Jane, played by Simon Baker, is the only one who can solve. Save the part about an MMA, this is the basic premise of every episode of The Mentalist and shouldn't come as a shock to anyone familiar with the series. The ...
  • Houston-Based Charles Oliveira Signs UFC Extension

    When Houston-basedCharles Oliveira took onJim Millerat UFC 124, most experts were split on whether or not it was too much, too soon for the 21 year old Brazilian prodigy. He debuted with the UFC in August of last year, after piling up a 12-0 record, mostly in Brazil. His first fight was againstDarren Elkins, who had gotten a win overDuane Ludwig in his first fight. Oliveira made short work of him, finishing with an armbar :41 seconds into the fight. Six weeks later, Oliveira took on The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winnerEfrain Escudero. The fight was back and forth, with Oliveira eventually finishing Escudero with a standing rear naked choke. Since losing to Oliveira, neither Escudero or Elkin...
  • Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action as Part of Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament

    Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-2, 1 NC), considered by many the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist in the sport’s history, returns to action on Feb. 12, 2011 at the IZOD Center, in E. Rutherford, N.J. The announcement comes following a multi-year agreement between Strikeforce, Showtime, and M-1 Global to co-promote events headlined by Fedor. His opponent in the main event of the evening will be Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (15-2), and the bout will serve as one of the four quarterfinal pairings in a Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. The co-main event of the evening featuring former world champion Andrei Arlovski (15-8) and Sergei Khartinov (16-4) serves as a...
  • Chad 'Robo' feels he should 'Fight for the Troops', not Campuzano

    We at uscombatsports.com feel for Chad Robichaux's training partners tonight. Thirty-five year old "Robo", a Strikeforce veteran and owner of Gracie Barra Woodlands in Houston, Texas, claims that he has been eagerly waiting to participate in UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2 at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas on Jan. 22. While discussing hisnew position with Shine Fights Promotions as Matchmaker and Event Coordinator with uscombatsports.com, Robichaux (11-0) learned that fellow bantamweight and Dallas resident Will Campuzano (8-3) had landed a last-minute match up against Chris Cariaso (10-2) at UFC Fight Night 23. "When told me last night, it c...
  • Combat USA Live Results

    Wisconsin’s first mixed martial arts event in 2011 has finally arrived in the form of Combat USA. The increasingly popular tournament format is back for a second season and will take place tonight at 8 p.m. at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay. Follow along right here with the US Combat Sports live results.

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