UFC Fight Night 36 Results: Machida Bests Mousasi, 'Jacare' Outpoints Carmont

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UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi
Saturday, February 15
Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil

Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Ronaldo Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Erick Silva def. Takenori Sato via KO (punches) at 0:52 of round 1
Nicholas Musoke def. Viscardi Andrade via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Charles Oliveira def. Andy Ogle via submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 of round 3

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Joe Proctor def. Cristiano Marcello via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Rodrigo Damm def. Ivan Jorge via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Iuri Alcantara def. Wilson Reis via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Felipe Arantes def. Maximo Blanco via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Albert Tumenov via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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Invicta FC Signs 15 Additional Fighters Including Peggy Morgan And Roxanne Modafferi

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Invicta Fighting Championships has announced the signing of fifteen women’s MMA athletes to the Kansas City based promotion. The fifteen new athletes are spread across all five of the current weight classes in the promotion and represent the next chapter in the history of women’s MMA.

Since the inaugural Invicta FC live event in April 2012, Invicta has maintained its goal of showcasing current stars of women’s MMA, but also building the stars of the future. To date over a dozen athletes have made their professional debuts fighting for Invicta FC, a trend that continues with the signings announced today.


“Invicta has always endeavored to balance delivering the athletes fans know and love, with an eye towards building the next generation of female MMA stars,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “It has always been important to give the fans new athletes to cheer for, and to give the athletes themselves a platform to showcase their talent for the entire world to see.”

Continuing another Invicta FC trend, recently signed athletes hail from all corners of the globe, including as far away as New Zealand. “Women’s MMA is truly a global sport, and at Invicta we have scoured the globe in order to bring the best talent to our fans,” said Knapp. “There is talent all around the globe, and our goal at Invicta has been to provide athletes with a worldwide platform to display their talent.”

Newly minted Invicta FC Matchmaker Julie Kedzie is excited with the options the new signings represent for Invicta. “This new class provides me with added depth to put together match ups that we believe the fans want to see.” remarked Kedzie.


Invicta currently plans to hold six world class MMA events in 2014, with the first tentatively planned for early April.

The following is a complete list of the most recent signings by Invicta FC, led by Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Peggy Morgan and Roxanne Modafferi.

Atomweight (105lbs)

Amber Brown- 3-1, United States

Strawweight (115lbs)
Livia Renata Souza- 5-0, Brazil
Karolina Kowalkiewicz - 4-0, Poland
Mellony Geugjes -0-1 MMA, 18-5-2 Kickboxing, 10-0 PRO Boxing, Netherlands
Herica Tiburcio- 7-2, Brazil
Ashley Greenway- Pro Debut, United States

Flyweight (125lbs)
Rachel Ostovich- 0-1, United States
Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 4-0, Poland
Valerie Letourneau – 4-3, Canada
Delaney Owen – Pro Debut, United States

Bantamweight (135lbs)
Peggy Morgan- 2-1, United States
Roxanne Modafferi - 15-11, United States
Cindy Dandois- 5-1, Belgium
Irene Aldana- 3-1, Mexico

Featherweight (145lbs)
Faith Van Duin- 4-0, New Zealand

Invicta FC’s most recent event on December 7th saw Barb Honchak (9-2) make the first defense of her flyweight title against Leslie Smith (6-4-1). Invicta FC also crowned it’s very first bantamweight world champion, when Lauren Murphy (8-0) defeated Miriam Nakamoto (2-1) by way of TKO (knee injury).


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Following Contract Fallout With UFC, Gilbert Melendez Signs Exclusive Deal With Bellator MMA

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At 22-3, Gilbert Melendez sits atop the UFC’s lightweight division. With victories over Josh Thomson, Diego Sanchez, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal, “El Nino” is ready for a new crop of challengers as the Santa Ana native has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal structure with Bellator that can pit Melendez against some of MMA’s best, including Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, Dave Jansen and a host of top lightweights from around the world.

“The moment Gil was legally able to explore the free agent market, Gil’s management team reached out to me and we began figuring out how to bring Gil to Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “It’s no secret that I’ve been a big “El Nino” fan for many years. Gil was one of the first fighters I tried to sign when I launched Bellator back in 2008, and he’s grown and developed into one of the best and most exciting lightweights on earth. Gil has a vision for what he wants to accomplish both inside and outside the cage and we can help make his vision a reality. We are in the business of developing and showcasing the greatest fighters on earth. That’s what we intend to do here with Gil and it’s what we’ll continue to do in the future.”


The UFC currently holds matching rights on Melendez.


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March's Bellator 112 Card Finalized With Straus vs. Curran III, Welterweight Tourney Opening Round

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The Bellator featherweight title is on the line in one of the biggest rematches of 2014 as reigning Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus defends his crown against former Bellator champion Pat Curran on Friday, March 14th from Chicago’s Horseshoe Casino live on Spike TV at Bellator 112. The night will also showcase the Bellator Welterweight Tournament opening rounds and a full card of local talent.

The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST.

Two of Chicago’s top-talents will kick off the Spike.com show as Daniel James will make his professional debut against Erick Correa. Holding a 2-0 professional record, Correa is coming off a first round knockout victory and plans on maintaining his undefeated career in his fight against James.

After defeating Karl Amoussou at his Bellator debut in October, Paul Bradley will face Nathan Coy who is riding a five-fight win streak. Previously meeting in 2009, Bradley walked away with a split decision victory over Coy and doesn’t see this fight ending any differently.

Both looking to maintain their undefeated records, Darrion Caldwell will meet Lance Surma as they both step under the bright lights of Bellator for the first time. As one of the biggest prospects in MMA, Caldwell is a former NCAA Division I Champion and a two-time All American wrestling champion. With strong striking skills, Caldwell is looking for the knockout against Surma to boost his career to the next level.

With 46 professional fights under his belt Jason Guida will fight Chicago native Anthony Gomez. Grabbing his previous two victories by first round rear-naked choke, Gomez will look to his ground game to take down Guida in front of the Hammond crowd.

After being featured as a participant on Bellator MMA’s reality TV show Fight Master, A.J. Matthews will return to the Bellator cage and face Belal Muhammad. Known for his precise striking, Matthews has recorded four victories by knockout and is looking to collect another finish against Muhammad.

Heading into this fight on a four-fight win streak, Diego Marlon will fight Rob Menigoz. With 24 professional wins, Marlon will rely on his previous experiences in the cage, but will have to hold off Menigoz who only has one professional loss.

Known for finishing fights as quickly as possible, Derek Loffer will fight Bobby Reardanz in a lightweight battle. Loffer enters his fight winning all six of his professional victories by first round finish, five coming by knockout

The full Bellator 112 fight card is listed below.

Main Card (Spike TV)
Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-5) vs. Daniel Straus (22-4)
Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Sam Oropeza (10-2) vs. Joe Riggs (40-14)
Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Jesse Juarez (21-8) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (14-1)
Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Nah’Shon Burrell (11-3) vs. War Machine (14-5)

Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Adam McDonough (9-0) vs. Mark Scanlon (9-2)
Paul Bradley (21-) vs. Nathan Coy (13-5)
A.J. Matthews (6-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (4-0)
Diego Marlon (24-8) vs. Rob Menigoz (6-1)
Darrion Caldwell (3-0) vs. Lance Surma (2-0)
Derek Loffer (6-2) vs. Bobby Reardanz (8-12)
Jason Guida (19-27) vs. Anthony Gomez (7-2)
Daniel James (debut) vs. Erick Correa (2-0)


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WSOF 9 Set For March 29; Steve Carl To Defend Welterweight Crown Against Rousimar Palhares

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The World Series of Fighting returns home to the fight capital of the world for "World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares."

World Series of Fighting, the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion, returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on March 29 with a pair of championship titles on the line, as welterweight title holder Steve Carl (21-3) defends his belt against Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares (15-5) and bantamweight Marlon Moraes (12-4-1), a world-ranked top-10 contender, meets Josh Rettinghouse (10-2) for the promotion's inaugural 135-pound championship.

"We are very excited to be returning home for this incredible fight card," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Steve Carl will have a real serious challenge ahead for the first defense of his welterweight title as he faces Rousimar Palhares, and Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse will be an incredible fight and a great way to crown our first bantamweight champion.

"We're working on a few more fights that we should be able to announce shortly, but fans are really going to love the lineup for this event, and great fights are guaranteed."


The 29-year-old Carl earned World Series of Fighting's welterweight belt in October with a dramatic, fourth-round submission win over Josh Burkman. The Iowa native has already earned three victories under the World Series of Fighting banner and currently boasts a seven-fight winning streak.

For his first title defense, Carl now meets submission expert and one of the most feared men in MMA, Rousimar Palhares. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship silver medalist, the 33-year-old Palhares is a grappling master who has earned 11 of his 15 career wins by way of submission.

Meanwhile, Moraes has quickly established himself as one of world's best fighters at 135 pounds and has already earned four wins for the promotion after downing Carson Beebe, Brandon Hempleman, Tyson Nam and Miguel Torres. A former Muay Thai Brazilian national champion, Moraes currently trains under respected MMA legend Ricardo Almeida.

Moraes now meets Washington's Rettinghouse. The 23-year-old made his World Series of Fighting debut in October, earning a hard-fought decision win over Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Alexis Vila. Rettinghouse has won his past eight fights, and eight of his 10 career victories have come by stoppage.


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UFC 172 Official For April With Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira, Rockhold vs. Boetsch, More

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that pound-for-pound king Jon “Bones” Jones will return to the Octagon on Saturday, April 26 at Baltimore Arena to make an unprecedented seventh UFC light heavyweight title defense against contender Glover Teixeira, who is undefeated in the UFC. The event marks the organization’s first ever trip to Baltimore.

Jones, the brother of Baltimore Ravens star defensive lineman Arthur Jones, holds the UFC record for most light heavyweight title defenses with six. The dynamic striker and powerful wrestler will now meet the heavy-handed Teixeira, who has reeled off five straight wins in the UFC.

In addition to the Jones-Teixeira showdown, two more light heavyweights will meet in Baltimore when the division’s fourth-ranked competitor and 2008 national champion wrestler at Penn State Phil Davis (12-1, 1NC), fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) meets the explosive Anthony Johnson (16-4) who returns to the UFC riding a six-fight win streak.

The card also features top middleweights in action as former Strikeforce middleweight champ and sixth-ranked Luke Rockhold (11-2) takes on Tim Boetsch (17-6). No. 5 ranked Jake Ellenberger (29-7) returns to action against former Strikeforce welterweight champion and ninth-ranked Tarec Saffiedine(15-3). Also, No. 2 ranked flyweight Joseph Benavidez (19-4) hopes to rebound when he takes on eighth-ranked Tim Elliott (10-4-1).

Highly-touted lightweight prospect Joe Ellenberger (14-1) makes his UFC debut against Honolulu’s Yancy Medeiros (10-1), while, battling to break into the featherweight rankings, Max Holloway (8-3) will meet recent UFC recruit Andre Fili (13-1), who is coming off an impressive second-round knockout victory in his promotional debut.


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Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson Returns To UFC, Faces Phil Davis At UFC 172

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During his first five-year run with the UFC, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (16-4) competed primarily at 170 pounds. When he returns to the Octagon this April, he will do so two weight classes higher at 205 pounds.

"Rumble" will return to the UFC for the first time since his release in 2012 when he faces division standout Phil Davis (12-1, 1 NC) at April's UFC 172, promotional officials announced on Tuesday. 

UFC 172 takes place on April 26 from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, and will air live on pay-per-view, with the preliminary card broadcasting on FOX Sports 1 and streaming on UFC Fight Pass. The upcoming event is headlined by a light heavyweight title showdown between reigning champion Jon Jones and Brazilian finisher Glover Teixeira.

Johnson's struggles with making weight in the past have been well documented as the fighter missed the welterweight limit four times during his first UFC run. The 29-year-old was eventually released by the UFC after suffering a submission defeat to Vitor Belfort and missing weight on consecutive occasions. 

Since his release from the UFC, Johnson has competed for Titan FC and most recently, World Series of Fighting, having fought as high as heavyweight when he outpointed former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski last March. "Rumble" has gone unbeaten since his UFC release, having posted six-straight victories, including recent stoppages of Mike Kyle, D.J. Linderman and Jake Rosholt

Davis, meanwhile, is on a streak of his own, having found success in his last three starts. After finishing Wagner Prado with an anaconda choke to close out 2012, he went on to score back-to-back unanimous decisions over Vinny Magalhaes and Lyoto Machida last year. 

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Dana White On Brock Lesnar: 'He's Not Coming Back. We Have No Deal With Him'

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Talks of Brock Lesnar's return to the Octagon have been running rampant in recent weeks, with fans and media alike speculating about the return of the former UFC heavyweight champion. Saturday evening, however, UFC President Dana White put those talks to rest.

"Brock Lesnar is not coming back," White said following Saturday's UFC 169 event. "We have no deal with him and he's not coming back any time soon."

Lesnar, 36, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts following a first-round technical knockout loss to Alistair Overeem in 2011. The defeat proceeded another first-round technical knockout loss the previous year — this one at the hands of Cain Velasquez which had cost Lesnar the UFC heavyweight championship.

During his three-year tenure with the UFC, Lesnar suffered from a severe stomach ailment called diverticulitis, which eventually required a large portion of his colon to be removed. Despite competing at only a fraction of his abilities, he would go on to beat the likes of Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin during his time inside the Octagon.

These days Lesnar competes exclusively for the WWE. While not made public, Lesnar's contract with the pro wrestling organization calls for a select number of dates each year through 2015. The heavyweight star last appeared at WWE's flagship pay-per-view event, the Royal Rumble, last month. 

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UFC 169 Bonuses: Trujillo Earns $125,000, Varner Takes Home $75,000

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Abel Trujillo earned an additional $125,000, while Jamie Varner took home $75,000 in post-fight bonus money for their standout performances at UFC 169.

Saturday's event took place at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center and aired live on pay-per-view. The main event saw UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao successfully defend his crown against Urijah Faber, while Jose Aldo outpointed Ricardo Lamas to hang on to his UFC featherweight championship.

Trujillo and Varner each earned $75,000 for the evening's "Fight of the Night" bonus, which saw both fighters landing heavy shots in the evening's first main card bout. In the second stanza, Trujillo landed a wild right hook that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas, nabbing him a $50,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus.

No "Submission of the Night" bonus was awarded as the event contained no submission victories. 

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UFC 169 Quick Results: Barao, Aldo Successfully Defend Bantamweight And Featherweight Crowns

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UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber II
Saturday, February 1
Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via TKO (punches) at 3:42 of round 1*
Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)**
Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via KO (punch) at 2:32 of round 2

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nick Catone def. Tom Watson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Clint Hester def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Rashid Magomedov def. Tony Martin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

* - Barao retains UFC bantamweight championship
** - Aldo retains UFC featherweight championship

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