Report: Carl Booth hopes to impress at Brave 19 to set himself up for a main event spot on England card

Carl Booth hopes to stake a claim among the top Brave fighters with a win in his return bout. Set to come back from a 13-month layoff, the englishman takes on Dino Bagattin at Brave 19, Sun City, South Africa this weekend.

The Nottingham-based welterweight hopes a win over Bagattin will be enough to land him a top spot in a Brave event in 2019 and dreams of headlining a show in his native England.

“I believe I will be headlining a show for Brave next year after I smash my way through the division, starting with Dino. Hopefully, I can fight in a packed arena in front of my fans in England. Our fans are the best and I want to make sure they experience a Brave card sometime soon. Northern Ireland and Ireland also have a lot of great fighters, and that’s why Brave went to Belfast”, ponders Booth.

“I’ve added loads of new weapons in my time away. I’ve had some injuries, but I’ve had time to train and improve and I think this new version of myself is going to be too much for him to handle. My style is too much for him, but I do expect him to come in strong and give me a good fight”, says “The Bomber”.

Brave 19 will be headlined by a welterweight clash between promotional newcomers Adam Townsend and Mark Hulme this weekend.

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Also on tap for the promotion’s first trip to South Africa, is a bantamweight duel between contenders Frans Mlambo and Arnold Quero and the return of Pawel Kielek, who meets David Bear in a welterweight fight with possible title implications.

Report: Carl Booth talks return to the Brave CF and his rivalry with current division kingpin

Brave CF welterweight sensation Carl Booth has recently taken a year out of the cage. He used that time to take care of some injuries and focus on improvements in his game. Now, the Englishman is ready for his return and has a intriguing clash with South African native, Dino Bagattin at Brave 19 which is set for December 8th, in Sun City, South Africa.

“The Bomber” is coming off two losses against former champ Carlston Harris, and current titleholder Jarrah Al-Selawe. However, he remains confident that rekindled enthusiasm and improvements will be too much for Bagattin to handle come December 8th.

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“I have been wanting to fight for most of this year, but it just hasn’t worked out. I had some minor injuries, and some bad timing, so I used that time to improve. I’ve been studying quite a bit of tape on Dino and I think that my fighting style, plus a lot of the things I’ve been working on, will be too much for him. But I do feel like he’s going to give me a tough fight, so I’m excited for that”, says Booth.

While Booth’s last fight was a decision loss to current champ Al-Selawe, the Nottingham representative still holds a KO victory over “The Jordanian Lion” and hopes for a trilogy down the road, especially “if Al-Selawe can hold onto that belt”.

“Jarrah and I have a score to settle. We are 1 – 1 right now, and I believe that after a few dominant performances I’ll be in a position to challenge for the title. If he’s still the champion, we’ll get that trilogy fight. It is a personal goal of mine to avenge that loss against him and snatch the belt from him at the same time”.

Brave 19 will mark the first time the Bahrain based MMA promotion lands in South Africa. The fight card will be headlined by american welterweight Adam Townsend, who takes on local standout Mark Hulme. The co-main event will feature a clash of top bantamweights as Frans Mlambo looks for a victory against Arnold Quero.

Report: Cian Cowley looks for a quick turnaround after Brave 18 win

Cian Cowley wasted no time in getting his second professional win last Friday at Brave 18, held in Manama, Bahrain. The Ireland representative overwhelmed Hardeep Rai with a barrage of leg kicks, eventually crumbling his opponent for a first-round TKO, the second in his Brave Combat Federation career. And right after the fight, Cowley revealed he wanted to compete one more time in 2018. Continue reading “Report: Cian Cowley looks for a quick turnaround after Brave 18 win”

Report: UFC’s Rachael Ostovich hospitalised with broken orbital bone after serious attack in Hawaii

UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich’s January 19th fight against Paige VanZant could be in jeopardy after she was reportedly attacked in Hawaii.

TMZ Sports reported the news, noting she was hospitalised with a potential broken orbital bone. She was attacked by someone she knew, and the fight at Barclays Center would almost certainly be cancelled if the injury is as severe as the sources indicated. The report described the impending fight with VanZant as “undoubtedly be the biggest moment of her career.”

Prior to this report, it was VanZant who was dealing with health concerns going into the fight. She broke her arm during her loss to Clark and complications from surgery that month meant she needed a second operation in July, which involved transferring bone fragments from her hip into her arm.

Ostovich, 27, has won one and lost one in the UFC, with her defeat to Montana De La Rosa in July her last fight.

The shock attack on Ostovich also comes as a blow to VanZant. The fight would have been a return to the UFC stage for VanZant and a breakout opportunity for Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but that appears to be on hold.

– Brad Dalrymple

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Results & Rewind: Al-Selwady becomes undisputed champ and Loman defends his title at Brave 18

It was a night to remember for Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady as he became Brave’s undisputed lightweight champion after an injury forced Lucas “Mineiro” to tap out during the first round of their Brave 18 main event.

“The Pride of Palestine” was on point with his striking, heavy pressure and persistent straight punches. When the Jordanian phenom closed the distance and got a takedown, Mineiro’s knee gave out and he was forced to tap out, relinquishing his interim title in the process.

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In the co-main event, Stephen Loman was able to nullify the challenger Felipe Efrain’s offence throughout a tense five-round battle, maintaining his bantamweight crown and becoming the first-ever Brave champion to successfully defend his belt twice.

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The flyweight title bout was another five-round battle, as Marcel Adur had good moments to close the show and become the first-ever divisional champion. In the end, he had to settle for a decision loss against Velimurad Alkhasov. Since the Russian powerhouse didn’t make weight, the belt remains vacant and both men will most likely rematch in the near future.

Elsewhere, there were landmark TKO wins for Bahrain’s Hussain Ayyad and McGregor teammate, Cian Cowley, as they dominated Mohamed Abo Ali and Hardeep Rai, respectively, finishing them in the first round.

In the main card opening bout, Luan “Miau” Santiago returned to the Brave cage with a flawless and tactical victory, as the one-time title challenger outpointed a tough and resilient Djamil Chan to get back to winning ways for Brave.

The full Brave 18/WFCA 54 full results are as follows:

Main card

  • Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady def. Lucas Martins via TKO (referee stoppage) in R1
  • Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Felipe Efrain via unanimous decision
  • Flyweight: Velimurad Alkhasov def. Marcel Adur via unanimous decision
  • Flyweight: Hussain Ayyad def. Mohamed Abo Ali via TKO (strikes) in R1
  • Catchweight (74 kg): Luan Santiago def. Djamil Chan via unanimous decision

Preliminary card

  • Catchweight (73 kg): Cian Cowley def. Hardeep Rai via TKO (strikes) in R1
  • Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev def. Marko Kisic via TKO (strikes) in R1
  • Bantamweight: Rakhman Dudaev def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision
  • Featherweight: Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Rob Emerson via sub (arm-triangle) in R2
  • Featherweight: Akhmed Shervaniev def. Antonio Carlos Ribeiro via unanimous decision
  • Welterweight: Goity Dazaev def. Vasily Kurochkin via TKO (strikes) in R3
  • Featherweight: Anzor Abdulkhozjaev def. Nikolay Kondratuk via TKO (strikes) in R1

Results and Rewind: James Webb scores a hometown KO at Cage Warriors 99

Colchester’s own James Webb registered the biggest win of his career in the main event of Cage Warriors 99 at the city’s Charter Hall venue on Saturday, November 17.

Webb came into the bout on a run of three consecutive rear-naked choke submission victories, but he showcased striking power against a noted knockout artist as he stunned Jason Radcliffe with a left hook that upset the Londoner’s equilibrium and forced him to the canvas.

Webb moved in to finish the fight and referee Rich Mitchell called a halt to the action at the 1:26 mark as Webb positioned himself for a possible run at the middleweight title in 2019.

In the night’s co-main event, “Capcom” Cory Tait made a winning return to Cage Warriors with a crushing body-shot TKO of Gavin Kelly in their bantamweight contest.

Tait’s last appearance in Cage Warriors came back in 2014 and the man known for his spectacular strikes went back to basics for his attention-grabbing finish, as he landed a perfectly-placed body shot to secure a first-round TKO finish.

Danish featherweight Mads Burnell was cracked hard by a powerful uppercut from Lukasz Rajewski early in their bout, but the submission ace showed great powers of recovery before taking over and finishing his opponent via rear-naked choke submission.

“Mr. Bag and Tag” Nathan Jones battled all the way to the scorecards with Cage Warriors veteran Brad Wheeler in their welterweight contest as he ran out a unanimous decision victory.

And in the opening bout of the night “Young Gun” Jamie Richardson survived a heel-hook attempt from Phil Wells before turning the tables and finishing his opponent with elbows for an impressive first-round TKO win.

The full card results are below:

MAIN CARD

  • Jason Radcliffe vs James Webb (middleweight) via TKO (punch) after 1:26 of Round 1
  • Cory Tait defeats Gavin Kelly via TKO (body shot) after 2:40 of Round 1
  • Mads Burnell defeated Lukasz Rajewski via submission (rear-naked choke) after 3:23 of Round 1
  • Nathan Jones defeated Brad Wheeler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Jamie Richardson defeated Phil Wells via TKO (elbows) after 4:40 of Round 1

PRO PRELIMS

  • Mehdi “Iron” Ben Lakhdhar defeated Craig Edwards via TKO (knees and punches) after 3:02 of Round 1
  • Steve Aimable defeated Josh Abraham via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)

AMATEUR PRELIMS

  • Eric Veyrier defeated Steve Riformato via TKO (punches) after 0:43 of Round 1 (Veyrier wins vacant Cage Warriors Academy South East Middleweight Title)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez-Ayala defeated Gabriele Varesano via submission (armbar) after 1:26 of Round 1
  • Chey Veal defeated Mik Pereira via submission (armbar) after 2:54 of Round 2
  • Emanuele Palumbo defeated Kim Bravie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) (Palumbo wins vacant Cage Warriors Academy South East Lightweight Title)
  • Ian Garry defeated Guolaugar Einarsson via TKO (punches) after 2:37 of Round 1

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

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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

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