Report: Cage Warriors 99 full card confirmed

Cage Warriors 99 goes down at the Colchester Charter Hall this Saturday night, headlined by a flyweight title fight between reigning Champion Nathan Greyson and Blaine O’Driscoll.

Nathan Greyson’s spectacular knockout win to win the belt at CW92 sent shockwaves through the European flyweight ranks and positioned him as one of the most dangerous men in Europe at 125lbs. Greyson has knocked out his last three opponents and is confident he can do the same to this Saturday’s challenger.

“Line them all up. I’m knocking them down like bowling pins,” says Greyson. “Bring them all. I’m here for world domination, nothing less.”

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Meeting Greyson under the Cage Warriors lights is Irish prospect Blaine O’Driscoll, who returns to the cage after a first-round submission victory over Aaron Robinson in May. O’Driscoll is trained by head coach John Kavanagh at SBG Ireland (home of former two-weight Cage Warriors champion Conor McGregor), making his Cage Warriors debut with a record of 6-2 and finishes in his last three wins.

Other big names stepping up to fight this weekend include Mads Burnell, who makes his CW debut after a 3-fight run with the UFC. He faces Polish lightweight Lukasz Rajewski on the CW99 main card.

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Appearances from South-East England names Steve Aimable, Craig Edwards and James Webb will ensure that the home fans have plenty to shout about at the Charter Hall.

Main Card (order TBC)

  • Nathan Greyson vs Blaine O’Driscoll (Flyweight Title Fight)
  • Mads Burnell vs  Lukasz Rajewski (Featherweight)
  • Gavin Kelly vs Cory Tait (Bantamweight)
  • James Webb vs Jason Radcliffe (Middleweight)
  • Nathan Jones vs Brad Wheeler (Welterweight)

Pro Prelims (order TBC)

  • Phil Wells vs Jamie Richardson (Welterweight)
  • Steve Aimable vs Josh Abraham (Featherweight)
  • Craig Edwards vs Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar (Lightweight)

Amateur Card

  • Eric Veyrier vs Steve Riformato (Amateur Middleweight Title Fight)
  • Kim Bravie vs PK Zadeh (Amateur Lightweight Title Fight)
  • Jack Bartlett vs Jason Russell (Featherweight)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez vs Ethan Barry (Welterweight)
  • Chey Veal vs Mik Pereira (Flyweight)

Tickets for CW99 are very limited but still available.

Report: BRAVE CF owner defends Zubaira Tukhugov and offers him a place on their roster after UFC 229 melee

A little under a week after the events of UFC 229, there has been a lot to take in. Conor McGregor’s loss, as well as all of the out-of-cage brawl, has become one of the biggest talking points of UFC history.

One particular event that has caused a real split of opinion is the decision by the UFC to pull Zubaira Tukhugov from his scheduled fight with McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov after his actions in the skirmish after the UFC 229 main event.

If you have been living under a rock for the last week and require a recap, Tukhugov was one of the three guys that set upon McGregor inside the cage after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Since all is said and done, the UFC made the decision to pull Tukhugov from his next fight and state that he will never compete under the UFC banner again. This has caused a split in opinion inside the MMA community, where some call for the UFC to reconsider and allow Tukhugov to stay on their roster.

One of these sympathisers is BRAVE CF owner Khaled Hamad Alkhalifa. In a recent Instagram post, Alkhalifa defends Tukhogov and offers him an open invitation to their roster.

Brave CF is currently the largest middle eastern promotion and is ever growing. This is surely a sufficient safety net for Tukhogov should the UFC stick to their guns and he is expelled from the promotion.

As a side note, Conor McGregor’s loyal teammate that was charged with McGregor for the New York bus incident, Cian Cowley is also on the Brave CF books. Should Tukhogov decide to make a change and head to the Bahrainian based promotion, this could be one hell of a fight to make, with both fighters having unquestionable loyalty to either side.

Since the UFC’s decision, Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued a statement advising that he will not fight in the UFC unless Tukhogov is reinstated. As of this moment, the UFC is yet to respond and both sides are locked in a stalemate.

– Brad Dalrymple

Follow me on Twitter @Brad_MMA

Breaking: Jones vs. Gustafsson II will headline UFC 232 in Vegas

A little over five years after their epic fight of the year performance in Toronto, Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson are set for a rematch.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the pair will headline UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas and will fight for the UFC light heavyweight title currently held by Daniel Cormier. Cormier is the only current dual-weight champion, also holding the prestigious UFC heavyweight title, and it has been rumoured he will be stripped of one of his straps shortly – this will come to fruition by the looks of it.

Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013 with “Bones” retaining his lightweight title via very close unanimous decision in what many consider to be one of the best fights in UFC history.

His return marks Jones’ return to the Octagon following a third suspension. Currently 21-1 in his pro career, he tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid after his third-round knockout victory over Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 214 in July 2017. He was subsequently suspended for 15 months by USADA, but is eligible to officially return on October 28th. The UFC 214 result was overturned and Cormier retained his title by default Cormier.

The 31-year-old Gustafsson (18-4, 10-4 UFC) last fought in May at a UFC Fight Night when he defeated Glover Teixeira by fifth-round knockout. This will be Gustafsson’s third shot at the light heavyweight title, having also lost to Cormier at UFC 192 in October of 2015 by a split decision.

News: 50 Cent will award the Bellator Grand Prix Winner $1 million dollars in cash

Over the past year, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is a name that has been floating around the MMA scene. Through links with Bellator MMA, the rapper has been present at events, helped with promos and arguably been an unofficial mascot for the promotion. However, his ties to the business are now official.

On Thursday, Bellator MMA announced it had reached an “extension agreement” with Jackson, which includes a new clothing line, as well as integrating his champagne brand, Le Chemin du Roi, into future promotional events. The apparel line will incorporate Jackson’s popular “Get the Strap” trademark. That is not all that “Fiddy” see’s himself doing within Bellator. In a press release, he hinted at potentially dipping into the fighter management business:

“Bellator has a roster filled with some of the most charismatic athletes in the world. As my relationship with Bellator deepens, you will see me moving into fighter management opportunities that will allow me to integrate top stars into both scripted and unscripted projects across the Viacom networks, as well as the other outlets I have access to.”

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With the first fight in Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix only a couple days away, the deal just got a hell of a lot sweeter for the 170-pound competitors. To kick-start his official agreement with the promotion, Jackson has also decided to throw a whopping $1 million in cash prize money at the overall winner.

The highly anticipated 10-man tournament is slated to get underway at Bellator 206 this weekend when former world champs Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov collide.

Other scheduled matchups later down the line see current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald taking on UFC veteran Jon Fitch, as well as a pre-heated throw down between British strikers Paul Daley and Michael “Venom” Page. Other names such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva will add a touch of novelty to the spectacle.

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– Brad Dalrymple

Follow me on Twitter @Brad_MMA

Report: SBG’s Cian Cowley set to compete at Brave 18 in Bahrain

Conor McGregor’s SBG teammate, Cian Cowley has extended his current contract with Brave Combat Federation and he will be competing in the Kingdom of Bahrain in November. Continue reading “Report: SBG’s Cian Cowley set to compete at Brave 18 in Bahrain”

Live Results: UFC Fight Night 137 – Santos vs. Anders

Saturday 22nd September – Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the main event, Thiago “Marreta” Santos (18-6) makes the jump to light heavyweight for the first time to take on Eryk Anders (11-1) at short notice after Jimi Manuwa pulled out with an injury last week. In the co-main event, we will see the Brazilian Cowboy, Alex Oliveira take on Carlo Pedersoli Jr in a welterweight scrap.

The card also features Randa Markos, “Smilin” Sam Alvey and Chase Sherman looking to upset the Brazilian applecart with wins over the natives.

We will bring you all of the action as it happens over on the MMAMotion Twitter page (@MMA_Motion), and all of the official results will be updated in real time below. Give us a follow and join us for the ride.

Main Card

  • Thiago Santos def. Eryk Anders via TKO (stoppage) at 5:00 of R3
  • Alex Oliveira def. Carlo Pedersoli via KO (punches) at :39 of R1
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Sam Alvey via KO (punches) at 1:00 of R2
  • Andre Ewell def. Renan Barao via split decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28)
  • Randa Markos and Marina Rodriguez fight to majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Preliminary Card

  • Charles Oliveira def. Christos Giagos via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:22 of R2
  • Francisco Trinaldo def. Evan Dunham via KO (knee to the liver) at 4:10 of R2
  • Ryan Spann def. Luis Henrique via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Augusto Sakai def. Chase Sherman via TKO (strikes) at 4:03 of R3

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

  • Sergio Moraes def. Ben Saunders via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:42 of R2
  • Mayra Bueno Silva def. Gillian Robertson via submission (armbar) at 4:55 of R1
  • Thales Leites def. Hector Lombard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Luigi Vendramini via KO (strikes) at 1:20 of R2
  • Livia Souza def. Alex Chambers via submission (mounted guillotine) at 1:21 of R1

 

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Recap: Brave 16 is in the books and new champions are crowned

With Brave 16: Abu Dhabi all done and dusted, we have a new welterweight champion and a little piece of Brave CF history made too. After a brutal first-round finish, Jarrah Al Selawe became the first fighter from the Gulf to be crowned as a champion under the Brave CF banner. Continue reading “Recap: Brave 16 is in the books and new champions are crowned”

News: Tyron Woodley out 8 – 12 weeks and unable to fill vacant UFC 230 main event slot

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has confirmed he has suffered a hand injury that will require surgery, which will make him ineligible for the UFC 230 main event slot at Madison Square Garden, New York on the 3rd November. Continue reading “News: Tyron Woodley out 8 – 12 weeks and unable to fill vacant UFC 230 main event slot”

Report: Renan Barao misses weight by five pounds ahead of UFC Sao Paulo

It has been a tough four years for former bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Since he was convincingly beaten by T.J. Dillashaw back in 2014 to lose his gold, he has lost four out of his six contests. Back in front of his native Brazilian crowd in this week’s UFC Sao Paulo event, the American Top Team fighter is looking to snap a two-fight skid against Andre Ewell. Continue reading “Report: Renan Barao misses weight by five pounds ahead of UFC Sao Paulo”