<![CDATA[All about Mixed Martial Arts - MMA News]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:16:06 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell added to UFC on FOX 18 in New Jersey]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:34:40 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/josh-barnett-vs-ben-rothwell-added-to-ufc-on-fox-18-in-new-jersey.html
A heavyweight bout between top contenders Josh Barnett (34-7) and Ben Rothwell (35-9) has been added to UFC on FOX 18.

UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader will be held on January 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Barnett returned to the UFC with a two-minute finish (TKO) over Frank Mir at UFC 163 in August 2013. Four months later at UFC 168 "The Warmaster" was crashed (KO) by Travis Brown in only one minute. In his last fight this September at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan, Barnett won via unanimous decision Roy Nelson.

Rothwell earned a three-fight win-streak beating Brandon Vera (TKO) at UFC 164 in 2013, Alistair Overeem (TKO) at UFC Fight Night 50 last year and Matt Mitrione (SUB) this summer. "Big Ben" was supposed to meet Stipe Miocic at October's UFC Fight Night 76, but Miocic was injured and the bout was scrapped from the event. 
<![CDATA[PRIDE/UFC veteran Jeff Monson takes victory and Russian citizenship - all in one day]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:59:19 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/prideufc-veteran-jeff-monson-takes-victory-and-russian-citizenship-all-in-one-day.html
PRIDE/UFC veteran Jeff Monson (59-23-1) picked up another victory by the ol' north south choke last weekend at Octagon Fighting Sensation 6 in Moscow when he faced no name Konstantin Skrelya (3-4). However, that's not all, the "Snowman" also officially got his Russian citizenship.
<![CDATA[Tooth flies into the audience during Apex Fights 8 ]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:53:43 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/tooth-flies-into-the-audience-during-apex-fights-8.html
Preston Schick (2-0) met fellow featherweight Joshua Spears (0-1) at the APEX Fights 8 event on November 14  in Kingsport, Tennessee. Schick quickly beat his opponent whose tooth flew into the audience.
<![CDATA[Gina Carano in the upcoming action movie Extraction]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:55:25 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/gina-carano-in-the-upcoming-action-movie-extraction.html
Check out the trailer for upcoming action movie "Extraction" starring Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz and "The Face of Women's MMA" Gina Carano. The film hits the theater on December 18.
<![CDATA[UFC Fight Night 78 results: Neil Magny defeated Kelvin Gastelum via split decision]]>Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:49:49 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/ufc-fight-night-78-resultsneil-magny-defeated-kelvin-gastelum-via-split-decision.html
UFC Fight Night 78 which took place in Monterrey, Mexico, could be one of the most boring UFC shows to this date in my opinion. It was a lot of split and unanimous decisions and that includes both the main event bout between TUF Winner Kelvin Gastelum and the always ready to step in on short notice, Neil Magny, as well as the co-main event with old school Diego Sanchez and former featherweight challenger Ricardo Lamas.
In a welterweight return Gastelum was supposed to meet Matt Brown who got injured and was replaced by Magny who came as the underdog. Gastelum had a high pace from the start wanting to wrestle Magny who tried to keep his distance for the striking game. In grappling Gastelum was stronger, but Magny fought well too. When striking, Magny had reach was on his side naturally. However, in the fourth round Magny got knocked down a couple of times, but that wasn't enough for the judges to give the victory to Gastelum who lost the match by split decision.

Diego Sanchez wanted to brawl and exchange with Ricardo Lamas who was aware of
 his usual strategy. Lamas was smarter and more varied with his techniques utilizing his grappling skills in the fight very well. After the fight Lamas won every round on the scorecards.

UFC Fight Night 78 results:

Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 4:26
Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:30
Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:42
Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
<![CDATA[UFC Fight Night 78 post-fight press conference replay]]>Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:38:53 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/ufc-fight-night-78-post-fight-press-conference-replay.html
Watch the UFC Fight Night 78 post-fight press conference replay. How big was the crowd the arena hosted? Who took the awards of the fight? This and much more you can find out by watching the video above.

UFC Fight Night 78 took place at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

<![CDATA[ONE Championship 33 results: Gafurov unites the belts after choking out Narantungalag]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:51:31 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/one-championship-33-results-gafurov-unites-the-belts-after-choking-out-narantungalag.html
Beijing, China - Marat Gafurov and Jadamba Narantungalag clashed at ONE Championship 33 in a featherweight title unification bout. The opening round could go either way, with the Russian struggling to take the Mongolian to the canvas who created some trouble on the feet for his opponent. However, from the second round Narantungalag was mostly dominated by Gafurov who found the key for the takedowns and added some ground and pound to it. After multiple unsuccessful submission attempts, Gafurov finally got a tight rear-naked choke putting his rival to sleep at the final minute of the fourth round. 

In another title fight in the flyweight division challenger Kairat Akhmetov met Champion Adriano Moraes. The Kazakhstani fighter was successful early in the match utilizing his takedown skills and physical advantage. While the Brazilian wasn't as aggressive as his challenger he had some success with the kicks and at the end with the grappling, but it was just not enough for the Champion to keep the belt and the judges scored a split decision win for Akhmetov.

Full ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions results and video:
Yang Sen def. Zhang Jia Cai via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 0:35 – Beijing featherweight tournament II final
Marat Gafurov def. Jadamba Narantungalag via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 4:39 – to unify featherweight title
Kairat Akhmetov def. Adriano Moraes via split decision – to win flyweight title
Li Wei Bin def. Wang Ya Yong via split decision
Nikolay Aleksakhin def. Burenzorig Batmunkh via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:39
Jeff Huang def. Trestle Tan via TKO (punches) –Round 1, 1:30
Ma Jia Wen def. Wang Ya Wei via unanimous decision – Beijing featherweight tournament II reserve bout
Zhang Jia Cai def. Qiao Long Fei via submission – Round 1, 3:42 – Beijing featherweight tournament II semifinal
Yang Sen def. Ala Teng Bu Ri Ge De via split decision – Beijing featherweight tournament II semifinal
<![CDATA[UFC Fight Night 78 weigh-in video with some heated staredowns]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:09:43 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/ufc-fight-night-78-weigh-in-video-with-some-heated-staredowns.html
Check out the UFC Fight Night 78 weigh-in highlights with some heated staredowns. 

UFC Fight Night 78 will be held at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, headlined by a welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum.
<![CDATA[WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster defeated Joao Zeferino via KO in the tournament final]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:08:43 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/wsof-25-results-brian-foster-defeated-joao-zeferino-via-ko-in-the-tournament-final.html
WSOF 25 in Phoenix, Arizona, was the first show for the promotion with a tournament in the lightweight division. The event took an unexpected turn when Brian Foster met with Joao Zeferino in the final who submitted Foster early in the tournament opening round. Because of an injury to Mike Ricci who defeated Joe Condon via TKO on the other side of the bracket, Foster got his opportunity and stopped (TKO) Luis Palomino in the semifinal. While Joao Zeferino earned another quick submission when he faced Jorge Patino. Then fate brought Foster and Zeferino in the final where the American again was in trouble at first, but managed to avoid the submission game of the Brazilian. Both men rocked each other a couple of time during the fight. However, with only seconds to go in the second round Foster connected with a hard punch which grounded his opponent and then there was only some extra punches remaining for him to become the tournament winner.

Full WSOF 25 results and video:
Brian Foster def. Joao Zeferino via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:51 – lightweight tournament final
Jason High def. Estevan Payan via TKO (head kick, punches) – Round 2, 0:47
Brian Foster def. Luis Palomino via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:19 – lightweight tournament semifinal
Joao Zeferino def. Jorge Patino via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:24 – lightweight tournament semifinal
Joseph Barajas def. Erik Villalobos via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:06
Roberto Yong def. Jimmy Scully via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:11
Luis Palomino def. Richard Patishnock via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:55 – lightweight tournament opening round
Joao Zeferino def. Brian Foster via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:46 – lightweight tournament opening round
Mike Ricci def. Joe Condon via TKO (head kick) – Round 1, 2:41 – lightweight tournament opening round
Islam Mamedov def. Jorge Patino via unanimous decision – lightweight tournament opening round
Ramil Mustapayev def. LaRue Burley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – lightweight tournament reserve bout
<![CDATA[Bellator 146 results: Melvin Manhoef knocks out Hisaki Kato in the first]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:01:10 GMThttp://combatbear.com/6/post/2015/11/bellator-146-results-melvin-manhoef-knocks-out-hisaki-kato-in-the-first.html
Thackerville, Oklahoma - At Bellator 146's main event Hisaki Kato met fellow middleweight Melvin Manhoef and there was no doubt someone was going to be knocked out. At the start of the match none of the two were rushing, but eventually the fighters ended in exchanges with "No Mercy" countering "The Japanese Musketeer". Kato become an aggressor and forced Manhoef to defend himself until the Dutch met his rival with a clean hook which dropped Kato at 3:43 into the fight.

In the co-main event Derek Campos wanted to engage with Brandon Girtz early, but Girtz kept his distance and when he saw the opportunity, landed a fury of punches sending his foe to the ground winning in under 40 seconds by KO. 

Full Bellator 146 results and video:
Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:43
Brandon Girtz def. Derek Campos via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:37
Bubba Jenkins def. Jordan Parsons via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chidi Njokuani def. Ricky Rainey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Guilherme Viana def. Houston Alexander via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:42
Francisco France def. Ben Reiter via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:08
Julia Budd def. Roberta Paim Rovel via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Andre Santos def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Arlene Blencowe def. Gabrielle Holloway via split decsion (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alonzo Menifield def. Zach Rosol via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:38